In June

1. Visit the library. Sign up for the summer reading program.

2. With your child, make a list of 10 things she learned in school this year. Post it on the refrigerator.

3. Have your child write a list of things he hopes to do this summer.

4. Have your child decorate a box for keepsakes this summer. In August, use the keepsakes to make a scrapbook.

5. It’s World Environment Day. Take a walk and use all five senses to observe the world around you.

6. Have your children close their eyes and make a list of everything they hear.

7. Have your children hold their noses while they eat. Does it affect their taste?

8. Visit the library each week during the summer. Today, check out a book about dinosaurs.

9. Make an alphabet out of different textures. Then have your children “read” with their fingers.

10. Squeeze lemons to make lemonade. Remind kids: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

11. Sponsor a summer-long contest such as Who can read the most books?

12. Celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month by trying a new fruit and a new vegetable.

13. Have your children close their eyes while you tap objects with a pencil. Can they identify them?

14. Have your children design their own flag with a favorite smell, taste, touch, sound and sight.

15. On this day in 1215, King John signed the Magna Carta. Visit the library to learn more about what it said.

16. With eyes closed, place a small amount of sugar or salt on the tongue. Talk about the taste.

17. Schedules are especially important in the summer. Set aside a regular reading time each day.

18. How many people are in your family? See who can name the most relatives.

19. Watch a baseball game live on TV. How many shapes can your child identify?

20. Serve your child a new flavor of ice cream. Then have her write all the words that come to mind.

21. Celebrate the Summer Solstice by camping out in the back yard.

22. Visit the library. Check out a book of reproductions of famous art works.

23. Teach your child to figure batting averages (number of hits divided by times at bat).

24. Give your child a paper bag, some markers, and scraps of paper. Challenge him to create a mask.

25. Freeze fruit juices in ice cube trays to make ice pops. Enjoy them on a hot day.

26. Plan a reading dinner. Everyone share a favorite painting or sculpture.

27. Review math facts today. How many can your child remember?

28. Teach your child to take her pulse. Then have her jump up and down 50 times and take it again.

29. Visit the library. Check out an adventure book.

30. Give your child a bucket of water and a paint brush. Encourage him to “paint” on the sidewalk.

In July

1. Find an interesting place in your town. Plan to visit it this month.

2. Create a costume box for your kids. Add yard sale treasures—hats, gloves, and shoes.

3. After being outside, give your child a cold drink. Then have him list all the words that mean “cold.”

4. How many words can you make from the letters in Independence Day?

5. Spend some time just looking at the clouds. Then write a poem about what you see.

6. Visit the library. Check out a book about your state or province.

7. Have a No TV Day. Read or play games instead.

8. Kids need new books to read? Plan a neighborhood book swap. Admission: one used book.

9. Create an obstacle course in the yard. Use hula hoops, boxes, and other things you find.

10. Plan a reading dinner. Everyone share an interesting fact about your state or province.

11. Does your community have an airport? Visit it just to watch the planes land and take off.

12. Visit a zoo or park. Observe some animals. Then try to walk like they do.

13. Visit the library. Check out a book about a hobby.

14. Make your own rain. Turn on the sprinkler or hose and run through it with your child.

15. Tired of nagging your kids to do chores? Try these chore charts. Kids can check off jobs as they finish.

16. Look in the newspaper for interesting words. Make them into a crossword puzzle.

17. Put together a jigsaw puzzle. Make sure everyone helps.

18. Spend some time today working on a hobby with your child.

19. Take a walk with your child. Look for signs of summer.

20. Visit the library. Check out a book about outer space.

21. Have your child choose a picture from the newspaper and write a story about it.

22. Give every letter of the alphabet a monetary value. A=1¢, B=2¢. Which words are worth the most?

23. Encourage your child to put on a talent show or play. You supply the popcorn and the applause.

24. Review math facts tonight. Make flash cards so your child’s math skills don’t slip over the summer.

25. Plan a late bedtime so everyone can read in bed. Serve a healthful snack if you wish.

26. Have another No TV Day. Play games, take a walk, or work together on a project.

27. Visit the library. Check out a fantasy book.

28. If you drive anywhere, show your child the route on the map. Ask him to be your “navigator.”

29. Challenge your child to write her own book of jokes and tongue twisters. Share it with a friend.

30. Have your child write a letter to a friend. He can add illustrations, too.

31. At dinner, talk about a fantasy you wish would come true. Can you make it happen?

In August

1. It can be difficult to find 15 minutes to read to your child at the end of each day. Try morning or during baths instead.

2. Have your child look for “buried treasure.” Make a map that leads to a small treat.

3. Visit the library. Check out a book you enjoyed as a child. Share it with your child.

4. Map out a “reading trip.” Find books about states and regions. Mark a star on a map as you finish.

5. Are you taking a car trip? Don’t forget about books on tape.

6. Read half of a favorite fairy tale. Have your child make up a new ending.

7. Start a family book club. Everyone read the same book and share insights.

8. Have your child read to you while you’re preparing dinner.

9. Pick up the phone book. Go through it with your child and see all the information it contains.

10. Celebrate Family Day with a picnic for dinner. If it’s raining, spread a cloth on the living room floor.

11. Visit the library. Check out a book about insects.

12. Have your child circle the adjectives in an ad from a newspaper, and then have her replace each with an antonym.

13. Spend some time outside observing insects. Then have your child write a poem about them.

14. Play Concentration with math flash cards: 2 x 8, 32 ÷ 2, 15 + 1. The same value make a pair.

15. Have a 20 minute D.E.A.R. time at home (Drop Everything And Read).

16. Cut the comic page into individual frames. Have your child put them in order.

17. Have your child write a letter to a favorite author. Ask the librarian to help find the address.

18. Visit the library. Check out a book about horses.

19. Have your child visit TeacherLists.com. Have him enter your zip code to find the school supplies he'll need. Check ads to see where the best prices are.

20. Have a No TV Night. Everyone can read or play games instead.

21. Watch the news. Talk about a story that makes you happy and one that makes you sad.

22. Make a trip to your child’s school. Then make a map of the route your child will take.

23. Look for a secondhand bookstore.

24. Check out a book from the library.

25. Take photos of your family doing everyday things. Have your child write captions.

26. Challenge your child to invent a new summer drink. Then have her write a recipe.

27. Take a walk through your neighborhood and look for geometric shapes.

28. Have everyone come to the dinner table with a new word. Teach it to the rest of the family.

29. Help your child start a reading diary. List books he reads plus a brief comment.

30.Make a scrapbook of your summer photos.

31. Once schools starts, remember to make time to spend with your family.

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