Summer School Activities For Pre-K and Primary School Kids
Summer school used to be a bad word for kids. Learning in the summertime is the last thing children want to do. Learn how to keep your pre-K and grade school students motivated to learn all summer long and create a fun summer school learning experience for your kids right at home.
The school bell may stop ringing, but summer is a great time for all kinds of learning opportunities for kids. It has been reported that kids can lose up to 2 months of learning in math and reading over the summer. Many classroom teachers in Pre-K through 2nd grade have seen firsthand how much kids can lose over the summer. Two months of additional fun learning can add up to be a lot in the primary grades and they don’t need to go to an off-sight summer school because some of the best learning can happen at home.
It can be difficult to capture a student’s attention when learning inside on a bright summer’s day. However, teaching summer school at home to kids doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Keep your student’s interest during those long summer days and make your own job a little easier.
Practice learning some fundamental reading skills while still enjoying summer fun. Spark their interest with hands-on summer school reading activities designed to reinforce skills and comprehension. Many summer school programs are for enrichment and for extra practice and some students actually look forward to extending the school year.
Help to stretch language skills by asking thought-provoking questions. Activities like singing, talking about favorite animals and telling stories to other children all help propel language skills forward. Engage children in hands-on activities that challenge their minds and invoke questions. A child’s mind is a sponge during their pre-k learning, that’s why thought-producing programs are specially designed to take advantage of this early cognitive learning ability.
Children are curious and want the skills—such as math and language that parents and teachers find important. To prepare children for kindergarten and primary school build connections in summer school between the visual and the spoken word.
Math skills are introduced by sorting games, counting games, and matching activities that are designed to grow a child’s understanding of numbers. To nurture a child’s curiosity, use the child’s own interests and ideas to create activities that foster curiosity. Preschool-aged children have highly active imaginations and use make-believe to learn and play. Use the line between reality and make-believe to fuel engagement and curiosity.
More than two-thirds of parents reported their children’s attitude toward school and interest in reading improved as a result of a summer school program and nearly two-thirds said reading skills had improved. But, you definitely don’t want summer school at home to become a battle between you and your child. Keep things fun and light by using games, technology, and educational day trips to engage your child. Use what’s free and close by.
So don’t forget to take time to relax! Summer school activities at home are great, but don’t forget to leave your child some “down time” to have the opportunity to use their imagination, be creative, and get to know themselves better. Even if your family has a busy schedule, be sure to build in some down time before the new school year begins. Enjoy the summer!
And, one of the best early learning tools is the Practice Power Lap Learner Activity Boards. All six engaging subject matters are available for immediate shipment so you can begin summer school at home right now so that they can get a jump on the school year. The dry erase technology allows repeated use time after time engaging students in fun learning activities. As we always say…Practice Makes Perfect!