The summer break lasts 9 weeks this year and this long break can result in children and youth losing or forgetting some of the skills they have been learning at school. Summer is a more relaxed time when parents are often able to spend lots of time with their child. Summer learning activities can boost skills, provide new and unique experiences and strengthen the child and parent bond. The following websites have tons of resources for parents on fun learning activities for the summer.
The school bell may stop ringing, but summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. Reading Rockets has packed a bag full of activities for teachers to help families get ready for summer and to launch students to fun, enriching summertime experiences. In this article:
- Ideas for active summer learning
- Ideas for summer reading fun
- Online activities for families
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The website by Karen Wang provides suggestions and activities for children with special needs, including those with development disabilities. The site includes activities for each day of the week that will build the child’s skills and confidence.
- Safety Sunday
- Make Something Monday
- Time to Read Tuesday
- What’s Cooking? Wednesday
- Thoughtful Thursday
- Somewhere Fun Friday
- Social Skills Saturday
Check out these activities at Friendship Circle.
These activities will keep your child active physically and mentally while reinforcing concepts taught at school. This list includes 25 activities to share and enjoy with their children.
“These fun activities cover all subjects and grades; there truly is something for everyone. And, if you have your own summer adventurers at home, this list can rescue your kids from the boredom and blahs of rainy summer days. This year, do more than amuse and entertain your kids and hope for the best for your students, keep their minds working all summer long!”
Check out these ideas at Education World.
“The message is clear — kids need nature! And so do parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers.”
According to a David Suzuki Foundation survey, people who spend time outside when they’re young are 20 per cent more likely to take part in outdoor programs or to explore nature on their own when they’re older. Spending time in nature can:
- Boost immunity, energy levels and creativity
- Increase curiosity and problem solving ability
- Improve physical fitness and coordination
And getting kids into nature will provide some of their best childhood memories.
Check out David Suzuki Foundation activity ideas at Connecting with Nature.
ParticipACTION Build Your Best Day physical fitness for ages 5 to 17
ParticipACTION website has reports on the importance of physical activity and how it improves health outcomes. The site also has lots of activity ideas to keep Children and youth active.
3 Ways to Keep Kids Connected to Learning Over the Summer
These essential resources and strategies will help your child maintain—and sharpen—reading, math, and science skills this summer.
- Summer Reading Activities – These ideas will keep kids engaged in reading, writing, and thinking creatively even on the hottest days.
- Summer Science Fun – Summer is the perfect time for children to explore their extracurricular interests, like science. Here are some activities that will have children hypothesizing all the way to September.
- Great Books in the Movies – These movie releases of favorite children’s titles will keep you entertained all summer long!
- Roadworthy Car Games – For kids on the bus or families on vacation, put those long rides to good use with activities that keep the kids busy and build reading and math skills.
Check out the full list of activities at Scholastic.
To help kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, the American council on exercise suggests these 10 fun summer activities.
Check out these healthy activity ideas at American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness)
10 fun ways to keep your child learning this summer. Backyard gardens, puppet theaters, scrapbooks and crafts are some of the ways to keep your children active and their minds working all summer long.
Check out these 10 fun activities at Great Schools.
For more ideas check the blogs on this site for Success over the Summer: