Sneaky Ways to Keep Your Child Learning This Summer
Sneaky Ways to Keep Your Child Learning
Find a way for a child to express him/herself in a creative manner that can be presented to the family
Kids have been reading, writing and doing math all school year long. There are many sneaky ways to keep children learning this summer that are fun and don’t involve shoving academics down their throats. The key thing is to find an outlet for a child to express his/her creativity. Some young children may enjoy experimenting with different art media and playing with different types of paint, pastels, colored pencils, and creating masterpieces that can be hung up somewhere in the house. Other kids may enjoy playing “restaurant” which provides them with an opportunity to design menus, count money, and practice developing verbal communication skills by taking orders as a waiter/waitress. It also provides an opportunity for kids to learn good sanitary habits when handling food.
Use multimedia to create something that is both audio and visually-expressive
Let a young child read his/her favorite book and record it. Save it to the computer and let her listen to her story. This can inspire a child to create original stories and turn them into an audiobook series. If there are several children in the family, they can brainstorm ideas together for characters and setting. Younger kids can write down their ideas and then act them out in front of others.
Older kids can write their stories on a computer. An excellent way to present a story creatively is through Google Presentation where all kids can simultaneously work on it from remote locations. So if you are on vacation and in a hotel room or on the beach and have Internet access and a portable electronic device handy, a child can spend time creating some eye-catching, creative products.
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