Pretty soon the kids will be out for summer fun. Are you ready to have them continue learning throughout their time off? It is a great time to keep them engaged in learning if you prep ahead of time.
The local library was always a great way for my kids to read over the summer. They had the chance to participate in a summer contest and earn a trophy. If you were a kid and you wanted to win that trophy you ended up reading and fulfilling the required time that it took.
You see summer has its perks. There are plenty of learning opportunities if you find out what is available. Ask other moms to see where they have gone or plan on going to. If you live in an area close to museums look into that also.
Our hometown in Ohio happened to include the home of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was great to be able to walk on the property and visit the museum there. A part of history that we were fortunate enough to learn about. Spiegel Grove as it is known will always hold some fond memories.
We live in an age of high technology. Technology is great, but disconnecting for a little bit is good too. Revert to the ways in how things used to be. Let your kids get outdoors and get dirty. Know the best times to include technology.
Do you want them to learn how to plant a garden? Look up different types of gardens that you can plant in your neck of the woods. Guess what? This will involve seeing what zone you live in.
Your children can learn about what does grow in your area and what won’t have much luck. Perfect learning opportunity. Have them keep a notebook of their progress from start to finish.
It is so rewarding to see all of their hard work and yours when things start producing. The different types of activities that you find for your child will help them with a variety of subjects. Learning about math can be incorporated if you find a way to be creative.
Another favorite would be cooking. Plan a special meal together. Try making a meal from another country.
Not only will that be a conversation piece, but the kids will learn so much at the same time. Plus, you get the joy of teaching them about measurements depending on how much of an ingredient will be needed in a recipe.
Visit a local park and go hiking to learn about nature. There are even some parks that will have a variety of activities available. Download the app “Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder” on iTunes.
It is a cool app that lets you select the types of things that you would like to do. Hiking, fishing, birdwatching, water sports or bicycling to name a few. This is an app that is great for all ages. For adults and kids alike.
Want to hunt for hidden treasures? Geocaching is a popular way to go about it. You end up finding hidden containers in a variety of locations. The thrill is in the hunt and ultimately in its discovery.
You see summer can be a great way to hang out with your kids and avoid some boredom at the same time. Take your adventures into other nearby towns or even work in a day trip with some of the activities above. Don’t forget to journal about your experiences.
Create a scrapbook of memories. Not only with pictures, but describe the details in your words and let them express theirs too. For one day you will all pick a rainy day where you will reminisce about the fun times spent together.
I can tell you firsthand that times passes by quickly. I remember quite vividly when our boys were in pre-school and elementary school. One of my favorite experiences was going on a field trip to the local apple orchard.
That is where we fell in love with the honey crisp apple. Picking apples and learning about the different varieties was educational. It was also very memorable for all of us.
Get out there find out what your kids want to do and go do it. The possibilities are endless and at the end of the summer they will be ready when they return to school.
Your children are only little once and this summer you get to spend valuable time with them. If you work outside of the home during the week remember you have the weekend to do these things.
If they are a little older that is okay too. Let them guide you to what works for them. It’s all about using your imagination and going with it. Make new memories and remember to have fun!
Are you ready for your summer learning adventure?
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