Last week I said I would drop a few suggestions as to what to do to prevent your child from completely losing all the information you’ve worked so hard to pour into their heads during the school year.
Well, I do have a few suggestions for you this week. First, if you are not an unschooler, have you ever given any thought about how they accomplish school if they are unschoolers? Summer time might be a time to make a small foray into their world. By that I mean, why not let your child lead some of the educational experiences during the summer?
There is no reason why your child can’t learn a lot of information on a subject of their choosing. Let them do the research, translate that research into activities, projects, and reports. Remember that it doesn’t have to be terribly academic for them to learn things. Mainly you just need to keep the gears working!
Another idea you might consider is having your own, at-home summer reading program. You can either let them read the book, or maybe read out loud so the whole family can participate. You can customizable vocabulary worksheets online that will help you document the learning they are doing with literature. Because there are many resources online that are customizable, you can print out book report pages, or even find a notebook at a school supply store that will let you document their summer reading program. Don’t forget to have rewards for each book and for completion of the list of books over the summer.
If you are looking for kindergarten or other early child education keep in mind that young children tend to like lots of lights, color, and sound. You can find this in online games as well as many educational videos either online, or one numerous science and nature channels on the television.
Summer is also a time when you can concentrate on one subject. For example, why not find a science curriculum to concentrate on for the summer? It might be a chance to do some extra experiments and hands-on activities that are difficult to fit in during the regular school year.
There are more ideas to come as the summer gets started, stay tuned!