Avoid Summer Learning Loss

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    By: ActivityTree

    Just because school breaks for summer, doesn’t mean that learning needs to stop. Here are some recommended activities to help maintain active minds over the course of summer break.

    Join a Summer Reading Program
    Most libraries and book stores host free summer reading programs that are incentivized and motivate children to keep reading throughout summer.

    Write a Summer Journal
    Not only will kids create a keepsake, they’ll keep their writing skills fresh without even realizing it.  Pick up a cute pen and notebook from the dollar store and let them decorate it to make it more personalized.

    Attend Free Workshops
    Home Depot offers kids clinics that teach new skills like building and craftsmanship. Michaels also hosts free art activities for kids most Saturdays.

    Visit Your Local Nature Center
    Kids can learn new facts about the live animal inhabitants. My local nature center has scavenger hunt sheets to take along the nature trail, but you could always create your own.

    Buy Game or Workbooks
    Craft stores and Dollar stores have grade-appropriate workbooks on topics like math, science and history. They also have game books such as word finds, crossword puzzles and Sudoku books.

    Hire a Professional Tutor
    A lot of college students, off-duty teachers and organizations such as Huntington Learning Center offer academic programs and private tutoring during the summer months.

    Send Your Child to a “Brainy” Camp
    Many child care centers have summer programs with curriculum designed to keep younger children engaged and learning over the summer.  Look for programs that have weekly themes that keep learning fun.  For older children, consider a local private school that opens its campus to the public during the summer.  These schools typically offer academically-focused programs including science, writing, foreign languages, art and music.

    There are also many specialty camps that will challenge your child intellectually.  Active Learning Services offers both USA Chess camps and Gamebuilder video game creation camps at hundreds of U.S. locations.  For the little builder or inventor, iD Tech, Mad Science, Camp Invention and Bricks 4 Kidz offer STEM based camps that encourage children to explore and create.

    Find Camps and Classes Near You

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