By Shirin Yadegar
Summer break is an important time to allow our children to relax and take time away from stressful assignments and homework, while still cultivating their curiosity and preventing the summer slide. Here are some ideas that have worked in my household over the years that I want to share with you.
Start a Summer Reading Challenge: Create a reading list with age-appropriate books and set a goal for your child to read a certain number of books during the summer. Discuss the books together and encourage them to express their thoughts and opinions.
Science Experiments at Home: Conduct simple science experiments using household items. For example, create a volcano using baking soda and vinegar or explore the properties of water by conducting water density experiments. Online resources can provide step-by-step instructions.
Virtual Museum Tours: Take advantage of virtual museum tours available online. Explore renowned museums around the world, such as the Louvre in Paris or the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Discuss the exhibits and encourage your child to share their favorite discoveries.
Create a Summer Journal: Encourage your child to keep a summer journal where they can write about their daily experiences, thoughts, and observations. This activity fosters writing skills, self-reflection, and creative expression.
Virtual Language Lessons: Enroll your child in virtual language lessons or utilize language-learning apps to introduce them to a new language or strengthen their existing language skills. Encourage them to practice new words and phrases in everyday conversations.
With the summer break providing a blank canvas, we have the opportunity to foster our children’s learning and imagination. By creating a conducive environment, engaging in diverse activities, and supporting their interests, we can make this summer a time of growth and inspiration for our children.
Shirin Yadegar is the CEO and Creator of http://www.lamommagazine.com