Expert Parent Advice

Summer Schooling: Make Learning Fun when School's Out!

Kids love the lazy days of summer, but if your summers are too lazy, academics can suffer.

I’m Amy McCready with, and I’m proud to partner with Kids ‘R’ Kids for the Expert Parenting Advice series. Today, we’re talking about how to make learning fun when school’s out.

Here are some startling statistics from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning:

*On average students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.

*Teachers typically spend between 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.

There’s no need for your kids to spend hours at the kitchen table doing worksheets this summer, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop.

Children enrolled in the Kids ‘R’ Kids Clubhouse Summer Camps have the best of both worlds – non-stop fun and enriching learning experiences.

In addition to structured camp experiences, you can make learning fun this summer with the following five strategies:

1.    Make trips to the library part of your weekly routine. Pick one day or evening per week when you gather everyone up and head to the library. Included reading the library books as part of your kids’ bedtime ritual. Ask open-ended questions like, “What do you think happened next?” to encourage their imaginations about how the story would continue.

2.    Learn through cooking. Kids of all ages love to create in the kitchen. Let them help you make banana bread for snack time or mini pizzas for dinner. Not only will they have fun, they’ll learn about fractions, shapes, food groups, and nutrition at the same time.

3.    Vacation planning. If you plan to take a vacation this summer, encourage your kids to research your destination and particular spots of interest. They can check books out of the library or you can help them find information on the Internet. Visits to kid-friendly museums and exhibits while on vacation also keep learning fun.

4.    Start a summer business venture. Not only will your kids learn the fundamentals of dog washing, lemonade selling or being a mother’s helper (plus marketing, advertising, planning, and operations), they’ll acquire some money sense when they decide whether to spend their earnings on candy or save it for the new game they’ve been wanting.

5.    Channel your kids’ creativity with Backyard Theatre. Encourage them to put on a play and invite the family and friends to watch. Your kids will love it and will learn everything from how to write a script to creating simple costumes.

For a summer camp experience your kids will never forget, be sure to check out the Kids ‘R’ Kids Clubhouse Summer Camps offering full-day programs for preschoolers through 12-year-olds.

And more ideas to keep learning fun this summer, check out the interactive that goes along with this video. 

I’m Amy McCready for Kids R Kids and I’ll see you next time.