Kids work hard all year long to learn things like reading, math and science. It’s important to keep up on those skills during the summer, and there are plenty of ways to make it fun
“It keeps them out from in front of the TV. It’s not good to have them sitting in front of the TV,” says Tiffany Pena, a nanny in Tampa.
She knows the importance of getting the kids she takes care of outside or into fun activities.
It’s more so important to do this during the summer, when all kids may want to do is sit in front of the TV or iPad and veg out. If that happens, come August, teachers notice!
“In that younger age when they are just starting to read, I’ve noticed when they come back you have to go back and review the year before,” says Shannon Wilcox, a 4th grade teacher at Gorrie Elementary School.
Keeping up on skills can be fun, too
“Keeping a journal at home. Having a purpose for the journal by using descriptive words, or documenting a trip they are going on,” says Wilcox.
Speaking of trips, instead of being on a tablet, play the A-to-Z game where your child finds words on signs for every letter in the alphabet.
To keep up with writing, Wilcox suggests this idea.
“They can make up and write plays at home and then have the whole family act it out,” says Wilcox.
For math skills, try cooking and have your child be in charge of all the measurements..
Avoid that summer slide so when kids return to school, they’ll be ready to do their best!