Thank you to iD Tech for sponsoring this helpful round-up of summer learning activities for kids. Learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, and work with AI at iD Tech. Kids will make friends as they master tech skills, and will join a community of 400,000 alumni. Save $75 when you use the code 510FAMILIES19 before 7/15/19.
Call it summer slide, summer learning loss, or brain drain, children can lose ground when they “turn off their brains” over the summer months. How can we help our children with summer learning activities they'll want to do? Get your kids active and thinking this summer—that’s the best way to beat summer slide.
Engage in learning disguised as fun. An academic or tech camp with courses rooted in coding and video game development, robotics, and design would thrill my children and not be confused with regular school.
Curl up with a book. If your house has many books, statistically speaking, you are giving your children a boost over summer slide. The local library can fill your shelves if you don't. Weekly trips to the library are especially fun if you sign up for reading games at the library. Baseball lovers can also sign up for the summer edition of Home Run Readers (registration opens in June). Kids can win prizes and get encouragement beyond your nagging.
Visit science museums. Spark children's curiosity with a day at a hands-on museum. See our round-up of Bay Area kid-friendly science museums. Pro tip: Save money on admission by leveraging the Discover & Go program.
Use math everyday. Let's bake cookies. What time is it? How many more minutes can I play video games? When is this movie over? How much does the hummus cost? Do I have enough allowance for this LEGO set? These are all questions fielded by me this weekend. Encourage your kids to count the change and the minutes rather than solving the problem for them.
Log 20 minutes with a workbook. If you don't have a homeschooling bone in your body, pick up an educational workbook like Summer Brain Quest or Summer Bridge Activities. I like to think of these paper summer learning activities as the extended remix of the activity placemats my kids love so much at restaurants.
Reward the right kind of screen time. As a parent, I work hard to differentiate between CREATING (making a video) and CONSUMING (watching videos). I try to encourage creating and learning by limiting the screen time differently since learning to code, building math skills and competitive typing online give them future skills. That being said, you know my kids are the ones pretending to watch Sid the Science Kid while really sneaking Minecraft, so we all do our best.
Ask them to teach you something. When kids are forced to organize their thoughts, make visual aids, explain or demonstrate, they are cultivating communications skills, even if it doesn't produce a five-paragraph essay.
Listen while you play. We love audiobooks to fill our home with stories while we play, cook, and drive. Some public libraries and school libraries offer access to hundreds of titles for free. Explore subscriptions at Libro.fm or Audible.com.
- Tales2Go app offers subscription audiobooks for K-12th students, often through their schools.
- Libro.fm allows you to affiliate yourself with a favorite local bookstore, so that's super.
- Try Audible and get two Free Audiobooks
Preventing summer learning loss at iD Tech
Summer camps like iD Tech not only keep kids active but challenge them and get them thinking about the bigger picture; i.e. what are they going to do after high school and college. Save $75 when you use the code 510FAMILIES19 before 7/15/19.
If you have a child who loves computers, they may also be interested in building their own. A video game player may also dream of becoming a game designer or programmer. Or maybe a child spending a lot of time with their phone and apps would be interested in developing a mobile game. [See all the iD Tech course choices!]
Thank you to iD Tech for sponsoring this helpful round-up of summer learning activities for kids.