Sure summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it is also a great time to continue learning. There are numerous ways to do this during the summer, and it always starts with you, the parent.
Here are a few tips:
- View road trips as a mobile classroom. One way to make a road trip more interesting and fun is to make paper tickets. Give the tickets to the kids to help give them a tangible and visual way to understand distance and time by cutting the trip into intervals. Different colors and patterns can be used as well.
- Use everyday errands as learning opportunities. The grocery store is a great place for children to learn. Review numbers by quantity and the price of the item. Educating kids in real world situations may help them grasp the concept more so than in the classroom.
- Transform routine chores into fun lessons for young children. Take a normal chore and make it into a game by giving them a task. Give them a pile of laundry and have them separate whites and darks. Laundry is all about measuring, sorting and counting – embrace the opportunity.
- Turn children’s collections into math lessons. Kids love to collect things while they are at the park, beach, their own backyard, etc. Give them a task while collecting; sort by size, color, shape or texture.
- Follow your child’s interests to guide learning. Every child is an individual, and learn in different ways. A girl may learn from visual examples and can learn from gardening. Watching a garden grow can be very educational by measuring the growth and tracking it by time. A boy may learn from sports and grasp concepts from game scores. The more exciting and physical you make the activity, the more the boys will get into it.
And it doesn’t stop there, look within your community for more events and activities to take your child to and get involved with. Join us NEXT FRIDAY (June 27) for Bondurant’s 1st Annual Touch-A-Truck event. Come touch, learn and explore different pieces of equipment. The event is at the Fire Station from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.