8 Tips to Help Children Continue to Learn Over Summer Break
1) Visit Mill Race Historical Village
Mill Race Historical Village is a living museum that harkens back to the 19th century when Northville was founded. Your family will have a great time learning about life nearly 200 years ago. They will have so much fun; they won't even realize how much they are learning.
2) Visit State or National Parks
Each state park and recreation area offers something different and unique to explore. Within a short drive of Northville, your children and family will enjoy spending time at Maybury State Park, Island Lake Recreation Area, and Brighton Recreation Area.
You have to travel a little farther to find a national park. The closest is Cuyahoga Valley National Park, near Cleveland, Ohio. While you may have to make a full day trip or weekend trip out of it, the park's 33,000 acres of hiking and biking trails are well worth exploring. Your family will enjoy investigating the scenic railroad and variety of wildflowers.
3) Replace Television and Video Games With Reading
Watching television and playing video games is not necessarily a total waste of time for your children. Video games can be a social event enjoyed with friends. Television shows can help stimulate creativity and an appreciation for the arts. In other words, if these activities are done in moderation, they are not inherently bad. However, your children will benefit from limiting screen time and trading it for reading. Stories spark imagination and teach valuable lessons. Often, convincing your child to read one book will begin a domino effect of reading.
4) Read, Write, and Act Out Plays
Sometimes, the best way to get your children to embrace books is to let them become the characters about whom they are reading. You can engage your children by reading classic plays and musicals together and then acting them out as a family. You children will have so much fun; they will be begging to read the next one.
5) Grow a Backyard Garden
Growing a garden is a never ending treasure chest of lessons for you and your children. Lessons include:
- The value of growing something by hand
- Delayed gratification
- Celebrating small victories before the greater win
- Learning how to budget well
- Breaking dependence on other sources for necessities
- Seeing hard work pay off
- Eating healthier foods
Gardening is fun, challenging, and incredibly rewarding.
6) Study the Bible
There is never as much free time during the summer as you imagine there will be. However, the break from school can help you begin or reestablish a pattern of regularly studying Scripture together as a family. You can choose a book to read together before the beginning of the school year or find a family devotional plan online to study. Regardless, use your summer mornings or evenings together to engage with God's Word.
7) Build Something Together
With an abundance of warm weather, summer break is the perfect time to get out and build something together. You can build a swing set, treehouse, picnic table, or playhouse. Regardless, engaging in a building project will impart valuable lessons to your children while also helping them develop key skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
8) Watch Educational Programming
The weather is not always pleasant. There are times parents will just need some peace and quiet. If you need to allow some screen time but want to help children continue learning, there are fun, educational options. Science shows, history documentaries, and some children's programming can be a useful way to help their brains remain engaged even while they are using screens.
However you choose to do it, keeping your children engaged and learning through the summer will help them better adjust to the new school year in the fall. Furthermore, it will help prepare them for life. If you would like more information about how our Christian school in Northville prepares children to be lifelong learners, contact St. Paul Lutheran School in Northville, Michigan.
Still finishing up the school year and can’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel? Read our article, How To Finish the School Year Strong, for some helpful tips.