How to Encourage Learning During Summer
It’s always a great break for kids when summer rolls around and they finally have the freedom they’ve waited for all school year long. Family takes great priority in my life, and I thoroughly enjoy summer vacation when the grandchildren come for a visit. While vacation is fun, relaxing or full of activities, it’s a great idea to encourage kids to further their knowledge outside of the classroom. While you children, or grandchildren, are on their summer break, here are a few ways to encourage fun learning.
Reading is a great way to give kids an option. Allowing kids to choose what they read gives them the opportunity to expand their learning in a direction that interests them. Public libraries offer free memberships and even have classes and activities your children can go to.
Aside from books, many public libraries offer audio books, movies, CD’s and magazines which can work as incentives to get your children to the library in the first place. Allow them to choose books to check out, as well as one fun choice for a reward.
Not every child is a fan of summer camp, however, finding the right camp can be a great opportunity for your child to learn skills necessary outside of a classroom. At camp, children can make new friends, learn how to function on their own (with supervision), and experience fun activities they may not be able to experience without camp. Learning how to make a fire, canoeing and kayaking, swimming and other fun camp traditions are just a few of the many fun things your child will get to learn at camp for enriched life experiences.
Day Trips & Vacation
Take your children or grandchildren on adventures so they can explore the world. Take a daytrip to a museum and learn along with the children. If they like art, go to an art museum. Many museums even offer free events and admission on specific days.
Another fun idea is to learn while you’re on vacation. Visit historical sites and listen to the rich stories that took place right where you are. Museums and historical sites easily become a physical vision of learning for any child.
No matter which way you choose to help children learn, their knowledge will expand to open new doors. Fun summer learning can make a child enjoy education, even while they’re not in school.