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Make Learning Part of Your

Summer Fun by Judy Adorno, Sylvan Learning

There’s no question that kids lose some of what they’ve learned in school during the summer months. By incorporating learning activities during the summer, parents can provide their children with valuable opportunities to retain what they’ve learned, and practice the skills they need to be successful in the upcoming school year.

To help you get started, the experts at Sylvan have developed a variety of grade-specific ideas and activities. Check-out these suggestions to see which are most appropriate for your children.

Remember, the best learning often occurs when children don’t even realize they’re learning! Whether taking a nature walk, planting a mystery garden, or planning the family vacation, summer is the perfect time to discover that learning is fun—and can happen anywhere.

Take a nature walk and as you and your child walk, stop to record your observations—a drawing, a snapshot with your phone, gathering items you may want to examine more closely—or research on the internet when you get home. This can be a one-time adventure or an exploration that lasts all summer!

Grades K-3 Take a Walk on the Nature Side!

Ready, Set, Read!

Reading can be so much fun—especially when the whole family joins in. Set a reading goal for your child and challenge family and friends to participate too. Make a chart to track time spent reading, or pages read, or books read. Gather weekly to tell about the reading adventures and to see who is improving their score by reading more pages or books. At the end of the summer, cele-

brate with a pizza party—and look back to see that your child is a better reader!

Grades 3-6 Plant a Mystery Garden.

Visit a garden supply store with your child and together pick out a variety of flower seeds or seedlings. Now, here’s the trick: remove the labels so you won’t know which is which. It’s up to your child to grow the plants and figure out what they are! Have your child keep a garden journal which can include the plant’s growth, changes in stem or leaf color, buds that appear, etc. To learn more about each plant, visit the library or search the internet. At the end of the summer, press flowers in clear contact paper and place in the garden journal.

What’s Cooking?

Developing a cookbook is a great way for your child to share favorite foods and snacks with friends and family. Decide together how elaborate you want this project to be: how many recipes, when will your child try out a recipe, where will he find the recipes. Make a

timeline that will fit into the family schedule. At the end of the summer she can draw/design a cover for the cookbook and you can help create a table of contents so recipes can be easily found. Make copies, staple together and share with family and friends. Bon Appetit!

Grades 6-9 Let’s Plan a Vacation!

Half the fun of a trip happens before you even go—so why not have your teen help plan your next vacation? Start by having her research your destination for fun, interesting things to do and sites to see. Talk about the route you will take, how you will travel, places to visit along the way, what the costs will be. As you travel, he can keep a journal with details about the trip, pictures and notes about favorite places and any unplanned adventures. The journal will be a remembrance of the best family trip, ever!

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