Your Family: Learning over Summer
CHAMPAIGN, Ill – Sheryl Bautch from the Family Service of Champaign County joins the Morning Show and in this week’s Your Family she shows how to keep your child’s learning skills sharp over the summer.
Children are out of school for the summer, but that doesn’t mean their learning has to stop until they return to school in the fall. There are many fun ways to help them maintain and enhance their learning skills during the summer.
The key to summertime learning is to disguise it as play and keep it fun. Our children spend nine months of the year in a structured school environment, so we want them to be able to relax and have fun during the summer. But there are many fun activities that require our kids to use some of their basic learning skills.
Reading: Any summertime reading our children do, even if it’s comic books, is good for them. Take your children to the library once a week and let them choose the books they want to read. Encourage older children to read the newspaper and select one article on a current events topic to discuss as a family.
Writing: Encourage your child to keep a diary of his/her summer activities. Have the children write letters, postcards or e-mails to friends or family, or help them become a pen pal to a senior citizen in a nursing home.
Math: Teach your children how to calculate gas mileage when you take a trip. Have a garage sale and allow the children to help determine the prices and make change. Set up a lemonade stand and have the children compare the cost of the supplies to their sale proceeds to determine net profit.
Science: Give your child a small garden plot or even a large flowerpot in which to grow a summer garden of flowers or vegetables. Give them full responsibility for watering, weeding, etc. In addition to teaching responsibility, watching plants grow from seeds, learning about fertilizers, etc., can be valuable lessons in biology and chemistry as well as a lot of fun.
History: Visit a local museum or take a day trip to Chicago, Indianapolis or Springfield to visit some of their great museums and historical sites.