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10 Ways to Encourage Summer Learning 403
10 Ways to Encourage Summer Learning

Summer is a great time for students to rest and recharge, but studies have shown that a month’s worth of knowledge can be lost over the summer. Find the right balance by checking out a few tips for keeping learning alive!

Elementary

  1.  If you give your child an allowance, have them track how much they receive, save, and spend. Open a bank account so they can watch their savings grow.

  2. Hold a yard sale or set up a lemonade stand. Let children set the prices and make change.

  3. During a road trip, teach children about maps, directions, distances and gas mileage. Allow children to plot the course of the trip on a map.

  4. Assign children the task of writing a grocery list. Take them with you to the grocery store and encourage them find the items on the list by reading signs and labels.

  5. Set aside 20 minutes every day for family reading (including parents).

  6. Have children record daily activities, thoughts, and exciting events in a notebook.

  7. Try geocaching! Search for hidden "caches" or containers using handheld GPS tools or a GPS app on your smart phone.

  8. Encourage children to write to grandparents, relatives and pen pals weekly.

  9. Create a plan for a vegetable garden. Research plant types and how to take care of them.

  10. Help your child find a recipe and make a meal using the vegetables from your garden or recent grocery trip.

Secondary  

  1. Help your child put together a budget.  Have them do research, track revenues and expenses and teach them how to reconcile their accounts.

  2. If your child is interested in sports, encourage them to collect player statistics and track game results.

  3. Encourage teens to assist a younger sibling, a neighbor or a family friend with reading.

  4. While visiting another city, pick up brochures; encourage children to learn about the city’s history and culture.

  5. Encourage your child to take a class. The YRDSB offers a variety of summer learning programs.

  6. Check out summer programs at museums, libraries, art galleries, science centres or a local zoo.

  7. Promote volunteering! Suggest visiting a hospital, animal shelter, community centre, summer camp, daycare, nursing home, etc.

  8. Help your teen understand what is needed to gain employment, such as a resume and cover letter, filling out a job application and interview skills.

  9. Suggest looking for a summer job doing yard work for neighbors, babysitting, washing cars, house sitting, etc.

  10. Recommend reading newspapers or magazines (in print or online) – it is a great way to build vocabulary and stay informed about important current and world events.

 
 
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