With the holidays this weekend, it’s an ideal time to pack the car and head to the beach for a few days. Whether you’re planning a week-long vacation, a family day at a nearby state park or just a backyard barbecue, put your kids to work researching the destination and logistics of your travels. Allow them to plan your day, including everything from getting directions, researching hours and prices, and planning meals.
If you’re traveling out of state, have your kids look up information about the state, such as the state flower, state bird, etc. Find out how much time it will take to reach your destination and determine any stops that you should make for meals and gas along the way. Not only will your children be honing their critical thinking and research skills, they’ll have fun doing it.
Read, Read, Read!
It may seem obvious, but keeping books on the radar is crucial to keeping up your child’s reading skills during the summer. If you’re not already a member, join your local library. They usually have summer reading programs to keep your kids going throughout the summer. Take a quick trip to the nearest library to start planning the vacation and pick out some books. You and your children can check out a few books to read on the summer reading lists or just for fun.
Put Your Little Chef to Work
Work on those math skills while having fun in the kitchen. Have your kids help with measuring ingredients while making tasty dishes. They’ll be learning valuable skills and having a good time while making those delicious salads, side dishes or tasty chocolate chip cookies. They can help prepare snacks to take along on your holiday trip.
Another great way to work on math skills is to have them count out the money in their piggy bank; perhaps they can spend it on a special treat they’ve had their eye on or they can save over the summer to make a special “back to school” purchase.
No matter what you do or where you go this summer, there’s opportunity for learning. Turn a beach trip into a lesson in ocean life, a museum adventure into a cultural growing experience, a movie day into a discussion and research around computer animation…and the list goes on! With just a little planning, it’s easy to avoid those lazy days of summer and that too often used phrase “I’m bored!”, and the best part is your kids will reap the benefits all year long.