The single most important part of continuing your child’s education through the summer months is to know what they’re learning. Parent and teacher organizations, checking nightly homework and asking the child or his/her teacher during the school year are the easiest and most effective ways to overcome this sometimes overwhelming obstacle.
When you have a good handle on what your child has learned during the school year the time comes to help reinforce it. A fun and easy activity for children ranging in ages from preschool to teens that can be played anytime your in the car is the road alphabet game and its variations. Beginners can be required only to find the letters or even colors on billboards, road signs, or license plates; more advanced players can be required to say the word in which they saw the letter in or certain sources of letters can be excluded from play. This activity builds language, reading, letter recognition and observations skills as well as builds family communication skills.
Another fun activity is temporary tattoos. Temporary tattoos are commonly sold in discount stores, are most often hypoallergenic (be sure to check that one), and come in a variety of styles. Most temporary tattoos have the same directions which include to hold a wet washcloth over the tattoo for a short amount of time. Have your child count out the seconds with you until you can move the wash cloth and reveal their new tattoo. This activity helps with telling time and counting, and if the child is old enough to apply their own tattoos it’s a good fine motor skill activity. Be sure to check how the tattoos are removed, some are removed more easily than others.
Reading to your child helps them develop their own reading skills more quickly. If they are already reading by themselves setting aside a daily dedicated reading time will help them maintain a routine of a specific study time. This regimen will help build study skills that help them throughout their school years. Writing book reports on what they are reading during the dedicated reading times, or holding weekly book discussions are great ways to improve comprehension and ensure dedicated reading times are being used for what they were intended. However, don’t expect the same happy response to the book reports as you will to the games. That brings us the last tip on how to continue your child’s education through the summer. Always stand firm. Do not waiver from your goal of improving upon and continuing your child’s education. Remember that your child’s education depends on you as much as any teacher he or she will from preschool to graduate school, and how you do your part to ensure the quality of the education is only limited by your imagination.