School’s out for summer—hooray!—but that doesn’t mean learning has to be put on pause. Many students suffer “brain drain,” which describes the loss of learning that can take place over the next couple months. Luckily, it’s easy to fend off. Here are a few simple (and fun) ways to keep your kids on track this summer.
Read, read, read
Give your library card a workout. Local branches often host summer programs that reward kids for reading, so it’ll feel like a treat instead of a chore. Best of all, they’re free! Your family can even form your own book club and discuss your favorites. By jumping around genres and reading levels, kids will soak in new info all summer long.
Improve their STEM skills…with the help of stems! Growing a garden is a great (and beautiful) way to bring their textbooks to life. Whether you go for flowers or veggies, they’ll take pride in watching their work flourish from the ground up. Plus, thanks to GE’s new LED Grow Lights, you can plant without a plot, and the lessons will continue all year round.
Take field trips
Being a tourist in your town kills two birds with one stone: kids will stay busy, and they’ll learn a lot, too. You can head to the zoo to study wildlife, or to art museums to inspire their next masterpiece. Or simply stick to the great outdoors! There’s truly something for everyone, and you can encourage individual interests by letting each child choose a different place to visit.
All in all, there are so many little ways to bring learning to life—regardless if school’s in session. Not to mention, these activities will make for awesome “what I did this summer” essays in the fall.