Parents want to know how to keep academic skills sharp, while enjoying the slower pace of summer. One way is to make a "Summer Fun Contract" with your child.
Here’s what to do:
Together, make a list of favorite summer activities that your family enjoys.
- Going to the beach or a pool
- Going to the neighborhood park
- Going to an amusement park
- Having a picnic
- Having friends over for a play date
- Having a sleepover with relatives
- Visiting close relatives
List whatever activities are important to your child and your family.
When your list is complete, go back to each activity and determine what academic activity can best fit.
- A day at the beach could mean twenty minutes of quiet reading, at the beach or later at home.
- A day at an amusement park could mean writing a short story about a favorite ride.
- Have your child collect stones or sticks when spending time at the neighborhood park. Use them for some addition and subtraction practice for ten minutes.
- When planning a picnic, have your child help prepare some snacks by following an easy recipe and measuring ingredients
- When friends come over to play, have your child and their friends do some "skip" counting for ten minutes. Count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. Count backwards as well.
If the family is visiting grandparents, have your child interview Grandma and Grandpa about their experiences in first grade. Help your child write a story about the interview.
Activities like these can help your child stay academically sharp, while creating wonderful experiences to relive in summers to come.