Once school is out for summer, it seems like time flies and before we know it, we’re gearing up to go back! Maximize the summer months with a good balance of learning and fun so that your kids go back to school recharged but with skills still sharp.
Here’s a great way to make sure your time off doesn’t slip away: Get a big piece of paper and post it on the wall or on a door. Use this as a place to brainstorm activities that your family would like to do this summer. Include trips you have planned, baseball games, concerts and plays. Then add in activities that can be done on the spur of the moment, like playing in the sprinkler, checking out an art exhibit, having family game night, or picking berries at a local farm. Encourage all family members to contribute and not to let the confines of time or money get in the way of their idea flow. You can always adjust activities to fit your schedule or budget, and it’s ok if every idea doesn’t come to reality!
Now, think of ways to incorporate learning into some, but not necessarily all, of the activities. Berry picking can be a science or math lesson. The art museum can teach history. Road trips are full of ways to learn, including the planning phase (route planning, destination research, budgeting) and the trip itself (gas mileage calculation, license plate word games, map reading). If your kids thrive with some structure to their weeks off, a Bricks 4 Kidz camp may be a great option.