kid with rainbow paint on his hands May 28, 2019

Fun Summer Learning Ideas

Summer is fast approaching. The days are getting longer and soon they’ll be beckoning us to just relax and enjoy the sunshine.

But how do we make sure that our students continue to learn, without depriving them of their much needed break?

Here are some ideas to keep learning fun and engaging as we enjoy the summer months.

  • Travel Journals

Does your family have any big trips coming up this summer?  Do you plan on taking a road trip up the California Coast? Family Visits? Cross country trips?

Wherever you may find yourself this summer, having your children keep travel journals is a great way to not only commemorate the trip, but also to keep their writing and observation skills fresh. They can gain practice writing reflectively and practice conscious learning in everyday life.  Here are some fun templates and ideas that you could use.

  • Field Trips

The summer is the perfect time to go on field trips, especially here in Southern California!

Whether it is to one of our local beaches, the tide pools, a California Mission, the Huntington Library, the Aquarium of the Pacific, one of our local Zoo’s or museums, the choices are endless! If you’re planning on having a learning focus for your children this summer, you can even find multiple field trips in the same field.  

Click here for a great resource for local field trips!

  • Reading Contests

The summer is perfect for reading for pleasure! Let your child indulge in their favorite genre, whether at the beach, at the park, or even in your own backyard! You can even make it a friendly contest between your family members. Who can read the most? In the most unique spot?  

You could join a local book club or even a reading contest at your local library! Click here for information on the Summer Reading Club at the City of Orange Public Library!

  • Creative Writing

While they’re gobbling down all of those great books, maybe it will inspire them to do some creative writing of their own! You could help by getting them writing prompts to get them started, or give them free reign to start their own story. You can click here for tips to help them come up with ideas.

If you’re looking for something more structured you can check out a creative writing camp with one of our content and community providers like Outschool. Click here to see one possibility that could be good for your student!

There are so many fun ways to make the most out of summer learning!  What do you like to do with your children in the summer?