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Summertime: how to encourage learning at any age.

Summertime is a way to take a break from the norm for children and teenagers.  Some of them might get a job or go to camp.  Some of them might go out and play sports with friends all day.  And others might sit down in front of the tv for the next 60 days.

How can we as parents encourage learning throughout the summer?  We don’t want them to lose alot of what they’ve learned, but we also recognize that getting a break from academics can be refreshing.

For primary aged children, there are many fantastic resources throughout the summer for your child.  Check your local library for events, even my small town one has a lego group, a chess group, and even a D&D group.  These library events are often free.

If you don’t mind spending an extra dime to get some learning into your child, the local science museums often have day summer camps or even overnight camps for older children.  These can be fun, great ways for your children to learn new things and do experiments that they might have not had time for in class.

Of course, there is always booklets, summer reading lists, and all kinds of resources that can encourage your child to keep learning through the summer.  I would highly recommend reinforcing math into your child in the summer.  Math is truly one of those subjects that is best if done everyday, even if just a few minutes at a time.  I suggest joining the Khan academy, which your child can learn about many different mathematical and science subjects.

Summer can be a great way to explore new subjects!  Maybe start learning to build robots, or do an invention experiment!  Maybe build a soapbox car!  There are so many fun opportunities for learning.  Your children won’t want to sit down in a desk all day for 8 hours, and I highly discourage that in the summer.

I believe there is a time to sit down and focus on certain subjects, but especially in the summer, learning should be creative.  Give your child a chance to discover things, whether it’s learning to program or learning how to build a rope swing.  If you have to work during the summer, then finding camps, clinics, etc can be a great way for your child to learn while also meeting other kids.

Moral of the story is, don’t let your child sit in front of a computer or tv for the entirety of summer.  Their brain won’t thank you.  Neither will their teachers.