What a unique school year it's been! We applaud teachers, parents, and students for continuing the hard work of learning despite such a major disruption with school closures. As summer approaches, you may be thinking about new ways for kids to stay engaged and keep learning.
Summer Education Ideas for Kids
Learning doesn't have to stop just because it's summer break! We've compiled a collection of fun summer learning activities for elementary and middle school students that can be done at home. These activities span writing, reading, math, and more subjects.
1. Plan a Dream Vacation
Students may not be able to travel at the moment because of the ongoing pandemic, but if they could go anywhere in the world, which destination would they choose? Ask them to imagine that they have $5,000 to spend on their dream vacation. Then have them use the internet, guide books, travel brochures, and maps to plan out a week-long itinerary. They can follow these steps:
- Choose a destination.
- Decide how many family members will take the trip.
- Calculate roundtrip costs for airfare or car rental on sites such as expedia.com.
- Research the attractions you will want to explore along with admission costs and travel to and from. Be sure to check days and hours of operation.
- Create an itinerary for each day of the seven-day trip. Include time for travel to attractions and meal breaks.
- Add up the costs. Did you stay within budget? If not, how can you change the itinerary to bring costs down?
2. Fun Summer Sketching
What kind of fun will kids get up to this summer? Ask them to draw themselves doing a favorite warm-weather activity. Available for download, our Summer Drawing Activity worksheet is a fun learning activity for elementary students in younger grades. Take this activity a step further for older students. Have them take on the traditional "What I Did on Summer Vacation" writing prompt but tell the story using illustrations only.
3. Summer Reads
Here are some choice reads that celebrate summer, taking kids on beach trips and bike rides and to the baseball field. Add them to your students' summer reading list. We even included a hands-on activity book that will provide hours of science fun using a few common household items and a whole lot of creativity.
- Curious George Goes to the Beach by H.A. Rey (Pre-K–Kindergarten)
- Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Juana Martinez Neal (Pre-K–3)
- Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Pre-K–3)
- Flotsam by David Wiesner (Pre-K–3)
- Two Whats?! and a Wow! Think & Tinker Playbook by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz (Grades 3-7)
- The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles and illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Grades 3–7)
- Camp by Kayla Miller (Grades 3–7)
- Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park (Grades 3–7)
- Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto (Grades 3–7)
- Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen (Grades 5–7)