Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fun Ideas to Help Prevent Summer Slide!

OH! that awful Summer Slide!!!! ....the time when kids lose approximately two months of grade-level learning during the summer because of the time off from school!

Here are some easy fun ideas to help prevent Summer Slide!

Visit an Aquarium to help prevent Summer Slide

    Use the school's summer reading list or go to the library. If possible let the children choose their  own books. Libraries usually have lots of summer reading programs for kids including story time. After reading some fun books make a craft that goes along with the story. Make some fun bookmarks too. Read street signs.

     Have children keep a Summer Journal. Write letters to friends. Make cards to send to relatives. Send postcards. Make shopping lists.

3. Informal Math
    At the grocery store talk about prices and how many items come in a package.
    In the kitchen read directions, measure, and talk about time.

    Lots of board games or commercial games are also educational. Try Apples to Apples, Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue, Boogle, Battleship.

5. Visit Museums

6. Visit Zoos

7. Visit Aquariums

8. Plant a small Garden Outdoors or Indoors using your window sill.

9. Use Technology
     Look for great interactive books plus reading and math games on an iPad or other electronic device.

10 Go on a Nature Walk
          Bring a camera and journal to record observations.

11. Watch Fun (Science) Educational Videos
        On rainy days watch Bill Nye or The Magic School Bus videos and make popcorn.

12. Make fun crafts with the kids.

Make a Wind Sock - a Weather Tool

Measure ingredients in the kitchen


Please share your ideas. I would LOVE to add to this list!

Happy Summer!


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