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Natalie Pique- PEN Outreach Liaison Casper Area

Ahhh…summertime! Summertime at our household means baseball games most nights, motocross races most weekends, and bike rides & swimming at the pool at the end of our street during the long days. My family looks forward to summer and all the fun that it brings…as well as the less stringent schedule that we keep during the school year. That being said, I have always tried to “sneak” in a little education & learning activities to alleviate the loss experienced with three months off from school. The easiest way that I have found is to sign my kids up for the local summer reading program at the library. This program offers incentives such as baseball tickets, ice cream tokens, and free pool passes in exchange for a reading log with recorded minutes of reading. Another way is to look for educational camps such as Astronomy Camp or the multiple Science Camps offered in our area. My most favorite learning/reading activity that has proved very successful with both of my children is to choose a book that we read together for at least 20 minutes a night. This summer, Jake (my 10 year old) chose Harry Potter. It is so much fun to spend time with him this way…even when I am tired and grumpy, to see him excited about what will happen next always makes my day! There are so many ways to keep kids in “learning mode” during the summer, whether it’s cooking, gardening, or having kids set up a Kool-Aid stand (math & money management skills)!  Happy Summer!

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Comments on: "Tips to Keep Kids Ready for School" (3)

  1. My daughter and I hatched butterflies this summer as well. In addition, we incorporated some reading and writing skills using Facebook and texting. She also plays school with her friends as well as her stuffed animals, another fun way she initiated working on reading, writing and math without even realizing she was doing the practicing!

  2. Summer is such a welcome break from the everyday grind, but as you pointed out, learning should never take a break. Great ideas, and summer trips can provide many learning opportunities. Geography, history, reading and math can all be incorporated into a family vacation. Look for learning opportunitites wherever you go!

  3. Tammy Wilson said:

    Fun Blog summer is so much fun however it is also a time students do lose accademic ground. I think reading can be an everyday fun activity. Also doing some science projects during the summer is fun. At our summer camp we hatched butterflys than let them go. We studied their bodies, their scientific name, where they go in winter etc. It was educational and alot of fun. Learning should always be fun.

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