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1- Get a Library Card.
Go to your local public library and get your little one a library card. Kids love having something with their name on it. Plus, they think it looks like a credit card and it makes them feel responsible (like a big kid). My son was so excited to get his library card and check out his own books and dvd’s. Just make sure that you return them by the due date (we always owe library fees). While you are at the library you can also participate in story time or their summer reading program. It is a “cool” place to be (get it “cool” because it is so hot outside…lol).
2- Take Swimming Lessons.
This is one of the most important things to do with your kids. All kids need to know basic safety around water. There are too many stories about kids drowning in the news that could have been prevented. If you have a friend with a swimming pool, they may be able to teach you and/or child how to swim. You do not have to pay a lot of money to learn how to swim. There are some adults and kids that can teach you how to swim with minimal to no money. Just ask!
If you are going to be around a swimming pool or the lake make sure that your child has on a swim vest, arm floaties, or a wearable drowning detection device like the iSwimBand. Do not turn your back on a child in water, not even for a minute!
3- Practice Real Life Math Skills.
Yes, it is summer vacation, but kids need to work on their math skills. I am sure that your child’s teacher will appreciate you working with them before school starts back in August. If your child struggled with math throughout the year, you know where you need to start. If not, counting money and making change are always good skills to have. Have you been to the fast food restaurant and the cashier did not know how much change to give you back? And, they had to look at the screen or pull out a calculator to figure out your cash back…Well, that’s because they do not know how to make change. Practice with your kids!!
4- Do Something Different.
Find one thing that you have not done and do it. Make this the summer that you visit a different place or experience a new thing with your children. Go to the museum, the zoo, or to that cool water park that just opened. Better yet, find a drive-in movie and have a movie night under the stars.
5- READ, READ, READ!!
I cannot say how important this is…it is very important! Reading is necessary to improve reading! Crazy, huh! This includes you (the parent) reading with your kids. Yes, they are the ones that need help with reading, but it helps them to hear you read. Your child should also read aloud to you. Most schools sent home a summer reading packet for your child. Get started now, don’t wait until August to cram in all that reading. Refer to #1.
*BONUS from Emerson: Have F-U-N! 🙂
I picked these 5 things to do with your child this summer as a starting point. The summer is underway and it is so easy to just relax and enjoy because you and your kids deserve a break. But…learning should continue.
What activities will you do with your child this summer?