Many of you are in the same situation I’m in…………. school’s out andyour children are at home for the summer. But what are they doing?? While you’re at work you don’t want to be worried about what your children are doing at home because they are totally bored.
When summer comes around, your children want to completely forget about school. Do they need a break? Sure. Should they not do anything educational at all, all summer? No? Kids need to keep their brains moving…not just with TV or videogames.
Your children should always be encouraged to read. Reading can take your children on an adventure or teach them something new and interesting while keeping their skills sharp. Your local library will usually have some type of reading contest going on to help motivate your child and give them a goal to work toward fulfilling. I am also always on the lookout for websites that offer free educational worksheets. Give your children something to challenge them and keep their brain functional. Most of these websites will have the answer sheet for you as well so you don’t have to do homework as well. Make a check-off list and reward them for completing tasks.
Summer is a great break for your children, but it is also nice to know that they are spending some of their time doing something constructive. They need to play and have fun, but don’t forget that there is a way to sneak in some educational activity there too. That should help ease a little stress knowing that they aren’t spending the whole day eating everything in site and bouncing off the walls.
Check out the Cuyahoga County Public Library where they have just started a new contest called “Books Ahoy”!
Do you know of any good websites for worksheets, or of any contests going on at your local library? What are some good reward ideas?