How to Keep Your Kids Academically Sharp Over the Summer

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The last school bell of the year has rung, and your kids eagerly raced home from school on that day. You definitely want them to have fun over the summer, but you do not want all of their lessons to unravel either. What are some ways you can keep your children educated during the summer months?

Library Programs, Classes and Visits

Most communities have a local library, and in these libraries, you will find an array of activities. They might host story time for younger children, or they might have creative writing seminars and workshops for older students. Even if none of the classes are of interest to your children or they do not match up with your schedule, spending an afternoon in the air conditioned library is always a lot of fun.

Academic Camps

You do not want to force learning on them too much because you still want them to enjoy their summers. However, plenty of towns have camps that combine academics and recreation. For example, let’s say that your children go to a science camp. They will likely learn how to use tools, such as the dino-lite digital microscope models, but they will also have free-play time during the day.

Encourage The Summer Reading Lists

Some schools do still send their students home with books to read over the summer. Far too many students will wait until the last week of the summer to read them, and they are really not able to enjoy the book. Encourage your children to start early on in the summer. Read with them and discuss how the books have important and interesting subject matter in them.

Learn What They Love

This is an excellent time to really find out where your children’s interests rest. Perhaps your youngest absolutely loves to paint and draw. Now, you can enroll him or her in an art class. Remember, education does not just have to be math, English, science and history. You should allow and encourage your children to explore subject matter in a diverse array of fields.

Talk to The Teacher

No two children are exactly the same when it comes to learning, so you should ask your children’s teachers for suggestions. They might be able to guide you toward certain books or materials that can help your children to retain information over the summer.

Keeping children educated over the summer might seem like a difficult task. The trick is to combine their learning with their unique interests and hobbies.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to keep kids academically engaged, even over summer vacation.

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