The last day of school is only weeks away and the kids are getting more excited with every passing day! Most children spend most of the winter looking forward to summer vacation. No school, no homework, sunshine, and months of playtime! What many parents don’t realize is that children who aren’t engaged in learning activities during the summer actually lose some of the academic skills they have learned during the school year; this loss is known as the “summer slide”. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer”. While we can’t expect children to spend their entire summer studying, there are things parents can do to help encourage summer learning.
- Arts and crafts– Art requires decision making and creativity. Take it a step further and encourage them to make up stories to go along with their drawings.
- Summer camp– Summer camp incorporates learning with fun. Here at TLK , our camp curriculum encourages cooperative learning through interesting project based activities. You can view the individual location calendars under the location tabs at the top of the page. Contact us for more information!
- Summer reading programs– Reading during the summer will promote learning and help sharpen literary skills. Learn more about Summer Library Reading Programs along with a list of Delaware libraries at http://lib.de.us/summerreading/.
- Day trips– Schedule trips to the museum, aquarium, zoo, etc. Encourage them to talk about what they see and have a family discussion afterwards about what you learned. Encourage them with questions like “What was your favorite animal at the zoo?” and follow with a fun fact about the animal. Scroll down for a list to help with your planning!
- Educational games and activities– Spend the day outside doing fun science experiments, go for a nature walk, do some star gazing and talk about the constellations, the possibilities are endless! You can also find some free educational online games for rainy days at education.com
Here are some day trip ideas in the Delaware area:
The Delaware Children’s Museum
550 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801
Please Touch Museum
Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(formerly North Concourse Drive)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
1 Riverside Dr, Camden, NJ 08103
501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
1001 N Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19802
Plumpton Park Zoo
1416 Telegraph Rd, Rising Sun, MD 21911
3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Keep an eye out for our next blog (coming May 31st) for some ideas for fun and educational summer activities and crafts!