Summer Learning: How You Can Boost Your Kid’s Brain Power This Summer
While preschool may be out for summer, your little one’s brain is still growing and developing every day. As a parent, it’s your job to make sure that your child is learning and having fun even when school is out. If you’re looking for tips on boosting your kid's summer learning, look no further. Check out the tips below for some fresh summer learning ideas!
Aim for hands-on learning
Whether during the school year or over the summer, hands-on learning is often the most engaging type of learning for young kids. Choose science experiments, games, and activities over flashcards or lectures and watch your babe pick up on all you’re working to teach them.
Use the outdoors
When the weather is nice, heading outside is a great way to mix up your summer learning and exploration. “Go on scavenger hunts,” says Christine French Cully, the editor-in-chief of Highlights, “look for various bugs, birds, or plants. Keep a nature journal of the things you see and do. Conduct science experiments that are too messy for indoors. Give writing prompts about nature, or try a nature-themed art project. Plan a picnic after dark to catch, study, and release fireflies. Follow up by reading together books about the subjects you explore. Summer is a great time to build upon an emerging interest, and most children are intrigued by some aspect of nature or science.”
Take advantage of your travel
If you’ll be traveling this summer, take advantage of your time on the road to expose your children to new activities and ideas. “Even a day trip can be enriching for children,” says Christine French Cully, “Let your kids participate in the planning—researching your destination and planning your route. It’s a chance to learn map skills—and practice their math skills—as they calculate distance traveled. While in the car, tune in an educational children’s podcast the whole family can enjoy, like Highlights Hangout.”
Learn to love the library
Most libraries have summer programs for kids that are all kinds of fun. This summer, get to know your library by spending time there for special programs or just relaxing, hanging out and reading together with your children. “Studies show that reading as few as 4 or 5 books over the summer can have a positive impact similar to that of summer-school enrollment,” says French Cully.
Puzzle it out
Puzzles aren’t just fun, it turns out they’re major learning tools tool, “Keep a supply of puzzle and activity books in the kids’ sight line and within easy reach,” says French Culley, “Mazes, logic puzzles, word, and math puzzles help kids learn concentration, persistence, and multiple ways of solving a problem—all crucial skills for growth mindsets and school success.”
Enjoy boosting your kiddos brain this summer!