As summer approaches I tend to get a lot of “How do you keep your kids from forgetting things over the summer?” In regards to our schooling. I think I get this more than other parents because my friends and acquaintances know that we homeschool and I think they expect me to have researched resources already (which I usually have). So, in no particular order here are a few ways I’ll be keeping the things my kids have learned this past school year fresh in their minds while we take our summer break.
1) Reading :: Summer reading clubs are my absolute favorite way to motivate my kids to read during the summer. If your local library doesn’t have a Summer Reading Club do a quick search online and you can find some options from publishers and bookstores.
2) Math :: Workbooks are my go-to for keeping math skills sharp over the summer. Depending on your children’s ages and skill levels you can find an appropriate workbook(s) from a lot of different companies and publishers. My favorites are from Kumon Publishing.
3) Handwriting :: This can be worked into so many other activities but I like to make sure my kids work on their manuscript or cursive writing over the summer. This is primarily to prevent their handwriting from starting to look like medical professionals in training… This can be as easy as having daily free-writing time where you just let them write whatever they would like, or set a timer and provide a prompt if needed. If you’re little ones are not quite ready to free-write or need extra work on neatness I like to use downloads from Classical Copywork. These inexpensive downloads can be printed at home and you can get either cursive or manuscript copywork in beginner or elementary difficulty levels.
4) Screen Time :: Yep. I said it. Screen time can be educational and can also save your sanity. Look for apps, shows, and games that can help your kids sharpen their skills, learn new skills, or develop critical thinking. Road trips, rainy days, and mandatory afternoon quiet time are a great time to sneak in some learning.
How do you sneakily (or not so sneakily) keep your kids from having summer learning loss?