I’d heard about the benefits of learning during summer break to ensure kids start off the new school year in a strong way and without much loss of the previous school year’s knowledge. So, these past couple years, we’d buy workbooks with appropriate grade-level worksheets. At first, I just went to the book store and picked out some fun colorful books.
Last year, I decided to make the trip with the kids in tow so they could pick out the workbooks that most appealed to them. I figured if they pick out the workbooks, they will be more involved in the process and more likely to actually work in them. I really liked workbooks when I was little but then again, I loved playing school! Our daughter seems to be more interested than our son in these summer workbooks but even she loses motivation after doing a number of worksheets.
So this year, I decided to come up with a new approach. I still want our kids to continue learning as summer break in the United States is long - about 11 weeks! In comparison, I only had 6 weeks of summer break, growing up in the Netherlands!
While most likely this new approach means more work for me, hopefully it will also mean a whole lot more fun for the kids and more learning taking place because they're actually enjoying it!
This is my plan:
Maybe I’ll look back at this post in two weeks (the start of our summer break) and think “What the heck was I thinking?!” or “When are we going to do all THAT?!” Maybe it will be a complete flop… But it seems worth trying, right? Out with the workbooks and “in" with the fun! Yep, that’s the plan!
What are your plans for your kids’ summer learning? Do you feel kids need to work on school related activities during summer break?
6/2/2014 06:06:27 pm
This looks amazing! I have been struggling with what to do with my kids so that they don't lose what they've learned. I looked at a bunch of workbooks and didn't find them too appealing. Your idea is inspirational. My kids would love the art, the reading is where we struggle. My oldest doesn't like reading independently, so we bribe her with treats, ice cream, slurpees, etc... I'm hoping on being more consistent this summer with fun academic activities. We'll see how the summer goes!
Thank you! I'm excited to give the kids their art kits after the last day of school. Should be a fun surprise! To encourage your child to read this summer, maybe try comic strips? Our son has been really into the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. The beautiful pictures may be enough to get her excited about digging into the story. Good luck!
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