Summer vacation is a time for the kids to relax and have fun. But as parents, we have to make sure that they keep learning during this crucial period. Children experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. According to Ron Fairchild, the founder of the Smarter Learning Group, teachers typically spend between 4-6 weeks reteaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. The National Summer Learning Association has gathered research studies spanning 100 years that shows students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
But this summer brain drain doesn’t have to happen. We can keep our children’s minds active by making learning during the summer fun and interesting. You don’t have to send your kids to expensive summer camps or bore them with worksheets to keep their academic skills sharp. All it takes is a little imagination and planning.
Here are 10 creative ways to keep your kids learning this summer and beyond.