This post was sponsored by Carson Dellosa Education as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I’ve seen it happen. The summer slide as they call it. Things kids knew in the spring are forgotten by fall. Levels of understanding certain subjects slip, especially in the early grades.
I’m not one to harp about test scores or any of that, but when you have a child like mine, who struggles with something like reading, two months of barely reading can affect where they are at.
When I started incorporating fun learning into summer days I stopped seeing my kids’ fall grades and scores drop below the previous spring. And guess what? I don’t lose my fun mom badge making them learn!
The kids’ summers aren’t ruined because they practiced writing words with chalk in the driveway or worked on math while handing money to the ice cream man or incorporated 15 minutes of learning into regular daily activities with Carson Dellosa Education Summer Bridge workbooks.
Mixing in the learning with vacations, outings, and summer fun keeps it from feeling like a downer for the kids. I never make it something they have to do before they can have fun, more like a break and a little downtime between the adventures, which the Carson Dellosa workbooks are great for because the activities can be done anywhere summer plans take you!
Although this is the first summer I’m including the workbooks in our learning, Carson Delosa Education is the top resource for continued education outside of the classroom and have been used for summer learning for quite a while.
The workbooks encourage summer learning with fun activities that don’t require a lot of time. They can be done on in the car on a road trip, while taking a break from the water at the beach, during a picnic at the park, or while at home waiting for burgers to come off the grill.
Plus, the workbooks include stickers, flash cards, and a completion certificate. How fun is that?!
As a mom of four ranging from 1st graders to a senior, I have experience with summers that include learning and those that do not. The best bonus of summer learning in addition to helping prevent summer learning loss? A much easier transition in the fall for EVERYONE. We love the sound of that, don’t we moms!?
If you need some ideas to encourage summer learning in fun new ways, here ya go!
- Encourage math during outdoor games. Counting bubbles and water balloons, solving math problems with chalk, and even sorting piles of rocks.
- Encourage reading by bringing it outdoors. Read books on a picnic or on a swing at the park. Let them read the menu at the ice cream shop and go on an alphabet scavenger hunts looking for letters.
- Encourage writing by having your child keep a summer journal and/or having a pen pal, even if it is grandma!