A Learning-Filled Summer? Yeah, We Said That.

School’s almost out for summer, but that doesn’t mean our kids’ learning has to fall to the wayside. We chatted up education expert Marcia Gresko, Educational Insights’s head of product development, for tips on helping our little ones bridge summer’s (fun-filled) gap between the old and new school year.

Bridge that Gap
Summer bridge is a term given to helping students make a successful transition from one school grade level to the next. It also refers to summer programs or activities that help kids retain the skills they learned during the school year.

Amp Up the Fun Factor
Give your up-and-coming film director a sturdy video camera; your aspiring architect some recycled boxes and tape; and your budding designer some paper, magazines, scissors, and glue. These activities hone kids’ skills from observation to problem solving. Plus, they’re great for their self-esteem, confidence, and creativity.

Do the Run Around
More and more evidence is emerging that physical fitness and exercise can actually boost learning. Involve your kids in planning and creating a backyard obstacle course. Challenge neighborhood kids to compete. Offer simple ribbon awards.

Get Some Sun
Learning opportunities are everywhere — especially outside. Notice the patterns of a leaf, trace letters in the sand, or count the ants that invade your picnic.

Read, Read, Read
Tap into your child’s interests and encourage new ones. As Dr. Seuss wrote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

- By Marissa Dubin, Staff Writer

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May 8, 2012