Ways to keep summer learning fun

I like to do school work with my kids in the summer.  Last summer they read and did summaries, worksheets, and a math program called TenMarks on the computer.  This year I’m trying to think of some of some fun things to do that I think they’ll like.  Here are some ways to keep summer learning fun!

Ways to keep summer learning fun

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Ways to keep summer learning fun

  • Tenmarks– I’ll still stick with TenMarks.  It’s free and it’s a self paced program.  Your kids will take a test at the beginning of the summer and another at the end to see how they improve.  It has little videos for them to watch and clues when they need help.  Our school uses this program and my kids are familiar with it.  The link above goes to an app for the program, but we pull it up on the computer and just sign in there. UPDATE:  I’m not sure if you can still get Tenmarks, but we’ve also used Scootpad and the kids like it more!
  • Cursive writing– This summer I think I’m going to tackle cursive writing.  My kids are 6, 8, and 10 and none of them can write cursive.  My older son had a couple of weeks of instruction and he doesn’t use it at all.  Here is one I found for teens and another for younger kids.
  • Cooking–  I’ve already told my oldest he will be responsible for dinner one night a week.  I’m a little scared, but I think he can handle it.  I’m not expecting major dinners, but I think he can handle some spaghetti and maybe pancakes on breakfast for dinner nights.  My son loves to bake these cookies.
  • Science Experiments– I’m going to love Pinterest this summer and be pinning all kinds of science experiments to do at the house.  My kids love this kind of thing.  It will be fun to have them help pick out some cool things to do.   I know I want to grow some crystals.  They’ll love that.  Making slime and silly putty are pretty popular too!  I have a Pinterest board that has a ton of recipes.  Here it is.
  • Reading–  Of course they’ll read.  Since my boys will be similar in age I’m hoping to have them reading the same thing and we can discuss it.  I would love to pick out a few books that are movies too.  We can read the book, watch the movie, and then compare and contrast.  It won’t seem like learning, but it is. I’m leaning towards The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Iron Man.
  • Astronomy–  My kids are VERY interested in this, but they haven’t studied it at school yet.  This is the perfect time to get out your telescope and download a star chart app and learn about the constellations.  Telescopes have a wide price range, but here’s one that inexpensive and almost has a 5 star rating.

How do you keep summer learning fun?  What should I add in?

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1 Response

  1. Maria Flores says:

    Totally agreed, kids love doing something productive in the summer. We do less of the desk sitting stuff and more exploring, being active.

    Definitely the astronomy side of things is fantastic because it has the appeal of being able to stay up late too 😀 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

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