Monday, June 24, 2013

Keeping Kids Fresh Over Summer Break

Whew, that was a title and a half huh?

After your child has endured 180 days of school, the last thing you want them to do is to lose it all during the summer. As a teacher, I have a few tips that will help keep your kids fresh, and still be learning while they are having fun! 

*If your kiddos get an allowance, let them count the money! Teach them to save it, and budget whatever they are going to do with it. It not only helps them now with monetary value, but also helps them later in life with creating a budget and having good money practices.

*If you have a swimming pool, play a game of “Flashcard Splash!” Get a pair of flashcards (math, sight words etc.) and shuffle them. Show a flashcard to the youngster, and if they get it right, they get to jump in the pool! If you don’t have a pool, you can still do the same concept, but have them do jumping jacks, or hula hoop after a correct answer!

*Partner with your local library! Most libraries (and some schools) have summer reading programs that are free and will have activities for kids that include story time or fun projects.

*Do fun science projects! Like this one!

You can also have them make tie dye milk! Let's have common sense here, DO NOT DRINK THIS MILK!

·         Gather a pie plate and pour 1 cup of milk on it

·         Next, place food coloring evenly apart on top of the pie plate (Make sure to use different colors!)

·         Be careful to not jiggle the pie plate

·         Dip a toothpick in liquid dish soap (not the creamy kind) and stick it soap side down in the pie plate

·         Watch what happens! <---------- I filmed a video for you!

*It's not the best video I've uploaded, but I will get better, I promise!*
A lot of times, kids will be learning while they are actively engaged. Keep the electronics to a minimum, and let them go outside and play!


How do you keep your kids fresh during the summer? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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