Learning should be fun and engaging, and that is why summer is the best time of year to help children maintain their learning momentum. There are endless opportunities for parents and children to participate in learning activities over the summer - because learning happens everywhere!
Keep up the learning momentum with these activities:
1. Lemonade Stand
Develop a plan for advertising, mixing ingredients, engaging with customers, and counting money - skills for everyday life.
2. Backyard Science
With a little imagination and a few household items, help your child become a science whiz. If you need some ideas, visit:
3. Reading Blog Challenge
Do you have a tween or teen who loves to read, but is always itching to get onto the next book? If you are tech savvy and have an interest in blogging, consider helping your child build a book blog. As with any online learning, safety is key, but with your supervision this could be a way to challenge your child and extend his learning.
4. Summer Memory Book
Help your child capture summer memories by documenting her favourite moments. A simple scrapbook is all you need to get started. Add pictures, stories, and mementos. This is an easy and simple activity will become a shelf favourite for years to come!
5. Garden Together
Children love to get dirty, they love to learn, and they love to be outside! What better way to capitalize on their curious natures than by getting them to help you in the garden.
Learning together is a gift. Not only are you sharing an experience with your child, you are strengthening that special parent-child bond. Actively engaging your child in learning activities throughout the summer will help to bridge the gap between the end of a school year and the start of a new one.
Kick off your summer right and let the learning begin!
Regional Program Manager
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy