With summer break in full swing, kids may have passed the excited early days of vacation and be well into a stretch of long, dull days. Did you know that over the summer holiday, students can lose up to 60% of the math, science, and reading they learned during the school year? That means teachers must spend the first weeks of school re-teaching material from the year before rather than moving on to new subjects. Here are some tips for parents to keep kids engaged and active during the summer so they’re ready to jump right in next fall.
- Encourage Reading! Especially when the days get hotter, encourage kids to spend time reading a book in a cool, shady spot rather than playing video games or watching TV. Have family reading time, when the whole family unplugs for a bit to enjoy stories together or separately. If kids love a particular movie or TV show, look for the book version!
- Encourage Activity! Kids who stay active tend to have better concentration and focus. Kids Go Wild has over 25,000 square feet of space for active fun, including great attractions like our inflatables that will have kids bouncing for hours.
- Encourage Math! Have kids help with numbers at the store. Young students can do something as simple as counting items or recording prices; older students can figure sales tax or prices per unit, work out the trip budget, and help seek out the best deals.
- Encourage Science! Have kids track the weather to learn about weather patterns. Check out local museums for free or reduced admission days, or collect objects (rocks, twigs, leaves) from nature to organize into your own gallery. When kids ask questions about the way things work, help them find the tools to research the answer for themselves.
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