Activities to Enhance Learning While School is Out
By: Juwanda Ford-Williams, M.Ed
Many parents worry that their children will not retain the knowledge they learned over the school year once summer fun starts. However, there are some activities that you can do to help ensure that your child will "keep up the good work.”
Keep it simple. Do not burden your child with rudimentary drills such as addition tables. Young children learn best by hands on activities and exploration. Look for patterns in math, or use beads for counting.
Make it relevant and natural. If you are driving and come to a stop sign or red light, use it as a teaching moment. Ask questions like, "What colors do you see?” "What shape is that sign?” If a child notices a bright flower, take a picture of it with your camera, or have your child draw it and then look up information about the flower at the library or on the Internet.
Have fun and be creative. Use board games to reinforce colors and critical thinking skills. Give your child chalk to write numbers or the alphabet on the sidewalk, or to draw pictures of different types of weather.
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