FAMILY: Summer Learning

Summer is about fun and relaxing, but we all know that if we don’t keep our little one’s brains active they can experience learning loss.  I’ve put together a bunch of things so that our Big Boy gets off to a good start when school is back in session.

Kids Travel Journal

1) Travel Journal

We will be traveling around Europe visiting relatives this summer.  A travel journal serves two purposes; a) it will help him record and remember the things he saw and did, b) it will encourage him to write.

Reading Bingo

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2) Reading

There are different ways to get kids to read over the summer.  Our local library has a bunch of prizes kids can win depending on the number of days kids have read.  But my favorite is the Reading Bingo from Playful Learning. It encourages kids to read different types of books, different media and play word games.  Plus, it’s a game of Bingo, so you can win with all kinds of different combinations.

3) Activity Books

Summer Bridge books feel too much like homework to me, so I picked up a bunch of activity books that are more playful, like solving puzzles and finding clues.  It keeps the mind humming, but it’s more fun.

Eiffel Tower

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4) Sightseeing

In no small part thanks to Minecraft and Lego, Big Boy has developed an interest in architecture.  He put up a poster in his room that features many famous buildings from around the world.  Since we are fortunate enough to be visiting a few of the cities where some of these buildings reside it will be really cool for him to experience these buildings in person.  His interest is in archicture, but it could just as easily be animals, or pastries.  The learning comes from experiencing new things in person.

What are your favorite ways to keep their little brains active?  Would love to know.

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