Are you looking for creative ways to support child development over summer break?
Summer is a time for children to have fun and relax. It is also a time in which some of the learning from school can get lost. This is mostly due to a lack of engaging activities and/or ongoing practice with newly acquired skills.
With a bit of planning, you can help your child stay engaged in learning even during the summer break. This article will give you some ideas for how you can provide activities that promote cognitive and social skills and limit any learning loss that may occur between school years.
Tips For Keeping Your Child Engaged in Learning While School Is Out
Plan Outdoor Activities Whenever You Can
Children love to learn through experience, play, and interacting with their peers. Fun outdoor activities with friends are an excellent way to promote childhood development. Select activities that develop both gross and fine motor skills like:
- Gross Motor Skills: Catching a ball, climbing a rope, hopping over an obstacle, running a race.
- Fine Motor Skills: Drawing a picture, digging up a “fossil,” holding tools.
A scavenger hunt, for example, can be a fun way for children to practice these skills.
Read To and With Your Child
Reading to and with your child is essential for building a love for reading and language arts development. Maintaining a schedule that includes reading over the summer is very important. To support this, schedule time to go to the library and allow your child to pick out some books to read. Libraries also have summer book clubs that reward students for reading. Using your local public library is a great way to promote literacy over the summer.
Assign Special Jobs
There are many simple ways to improve child development on a daily basis. For instance, giving a child a task that only they can do will help them feel important and needed. It can also teach them valuable life skills. Look for age-appropriate tasks that the child can achieve quickly to build their confidence. Ask your child to help you or a sibling to encourage cooperation. For example, your child can lay the silverware while you set out the plates for dinner.
Make Life More Mysterious
The human mind loves to solve mysteries. Improve your child’s problem-solving skills by creating simple problems to solve. For example, you could hide a toy and make it the object of your scavenger hunt. Give your child clues to solve so that they can determine which toy you hid and where you put it.
Look For Learning Everywhere
Being creative and looking for chances to learn everywhere helps your child develop a spirit of discovery that supports learning. For example, you could go for a walk and count wildflowers while explaining the process of pollination.
Continuing to reinforce child development over the summer is one of the best ways to prepare your child for the future and avoid summer learning loss. By incorporating some relatively easy strategies, your child can use the summer to improve their literacy, social, and communication skills.
HTES: Preparing Students for a Brighter Future
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At Holy Trinity Episcopal School, we encourage children to discover their genius and develop their interests. We’re a tight-knit community of supportive parents, teachers, and children who value the relationships that they grow here. Child development is a calling for our teachers and staff, and we take that responsibility seriously.
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