After the school year ends in late May early June, children are faced with several months worth of free time. It oftentimes leads to boredom and not getting any mental stimulation. They end up losing some of the information they retained throughout the year. However, there are ways to keep children mentally active over the summer.
Plan Educational Outings
Whether you take the children to the museum or science center or go on hikes and discuss the fauna and flora, get the kids out at places where there are things to learn. Try to go on an educational outing at least once every two weeks. This keeps children learning over the summer and may trigger memories of what they learned in school the previous year. Plus, it makes learning interesting and fun.
While pop quizzes definitely aren't most children's favorite aspect of school, they're an excellent way to see what your child retained from school. Instead of making them sit at a table with a paper quiz in front of them, you can do this verbally and put a fun spin on it such as if they get so many questions right, you'll make them a special treat or do something special with them. You could even theme it like a game show. Have them spell challenging words or answer trivia questions.
The Internet is a valuable resource when it comes to school worksheets. It doesn't hurt for your child to do a worksheet or two once or twice per week. You can choose to make it on a topic they may have needed help on the previous year and didn't quite grasp 100-percent. Or, you could craft customized worksheets that review information from the previous year.
Teach New Information for the Next Year
Look at resources online of what children will learn during the curriculum for the next year. For instance, a child who was in first grade last year may learn multiplication and division in the second grade. Spend some time over the summer teaching your child some of what they'll learn in the upcoming year. This helps them get a grasp on the information they'll be learning. Therefore, when they must learn it in the upcoming year, they'll already know how to do it, and it will come easier. Not to mention, if it's addition, subtraction, multiplication of division, they'll already know how to do the problems and will be able to memorize their fact tables quicker during the school year. This can also make the upcoming school year not feel as overwhelming to the student if they've already started meeting some of the objectives.
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