Summer Learning

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While I strongly believe that children should enjoy their summer and spend their time having as much fun as possible, I also believe that you can fit in some learning in the process. Learning can be fun and interactive and doesn't simply have to be something done while sitting down and through a book. There is a time and place for all types of learning activities and I feel you can find a nice balance to that especially during the summer.

My favorite way of continuing my children's learning through the summer is making a summer reading list. The website is a great resource for books that meet your children's age and reading level. I find it best to let my children choose their own books for summer reading so that it doesn't feel like school work and more like a hobby. My children both love reading so they do not complain about doing this task every summer but if your child isn't a strong reader then start small. My kids read at least 3 books during the summer and I would set a goal of at least one book for your child to read, then progress each summer after that.

When my children were younger, I would let them do one workbook a month on any subject of their choosing. I would either make the worksheets myself or purchase a workbook through Lakeshore Learning. Now that they are 11, I have changed that particular activity into a more hands on approach where we instead do science experiments, trips to the zoo/aquarium/museum, or going for hikes and logging things in their nature journals. I feel like the best advice is always going to be to build your summer learning plan based on your child and their interests. The more fun you make it, the more fun they will have and the less likely they will feel like they are stuck doing school work during their break.

I also involve their friends and our homeschooling group in many of these activities. I host every other week fun days at my home. We either do crafts, cooking lessons, or some outdoor activity. Again, this involves a bit of learning and fun mixed together and keeps all the kids busy and entertained. My kids have recently started getting interested in cooking so we've been spending more time coming up with fun activities involving cooking. One of our favorite finds, thanks to YouTube videos, are these Popin' Cookin' kits, we get ours off of Amazon. These kits are easy to follow if you search for YouTube videos and all the kids love making them!

Overall, I emphasize to know your child and explore and test the waters with what works for not only them but you as well. If they see you having fun with these projects then they are more likely to enjoy them as well. Since most parents don't get summer breaks, it's nice to fill the time you do have with them with something fun and out of the ordinary. I'm sure they will appreciate the effort and you will appreciate the results.

What are your favorite summer activities to do with your family? 

As always any requests, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Talk to you soon!

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