School may be out, but that doesn’t mean that kids need to take a break from learning. The summer months provide plenty of opportunities for fun activities, both indoors and out, that allow kids to continue building on the math skills they’ve learned during the school year. The amazing thing about these activities is that they don’t ‘feel’ educational – they just feel fun! Here are just a few for you to try.
Gardening is a fun and educational activity for children of all ages that also doubles as a great way to get them to spend some time outside! Have your kids measure the square footage of your garden to more accurately plan for what plants you’ll need. Once you’ve picked out your seeds, you can have your little ones help you measure the spacing of the plants and the amount of soil the plants will need to thrive. Younger children can help count the seeds, pots, and plants. Math is essential when it comes to planning your garden – and it doesn’t stop there! Keeping a Garden Journal is a fun way for your kids to keep track of how tall the plants grow and how many fruits or veggies you yield this season. Gardening will improve your child’s math skills while also showing them the value of growing and nurturing plant life.
It’s never too early to show your child the value of a dollar. When you go out grocery shopping, let you child in on your total budget and have them help you find everything on your list while also adding up the total as you go along. Older kids can calculate the cost of food per ounce or pound, and younger ones can help you determine which brand is more expensive. Have them hunt for sales and see how much you can save in each trip. You may find that you have a natural-born bargain hunter living right in your house!
Playing sports can teach children a lot of valuable lessons about teamwork and perseverance, but watching sports can improve their math skills and understanding of the game. Teach your kids how to keep score and count statistics and they won’t just be practicing their math – they’ll also develop a deeper appreciation of the sport. Learning how to fill out the box score of a baseball game is a great way to teach your child about the rules of the game while also building their math skills. If they are too young for that, you can start them off with counting balls, strikes, outs, and innings. There are scorebooks you can buy for many of the major sports that will keep your child entertained and engaged throughout the game.
Your children have helped you grow your fruits and veggies and they’ve found some great deals on everything else at the grocery store, now it’s time to feed the family! We talked about the benefits of cooking in our previous post, but it’s worth mentioning again: everything done in the kitchen requires math, and who couldn’t use an extra sous chef? Give your younger children easy tasks like organizing the ingredients. The older ones can work on their fractions by helping you measure it all out. Show them how to use the oven timer or have them try to keep track on their own.
If you’re having trouble keeping the pace with your child during the hotter months, summer camp is a great way to learn while making friends, having fun, and building lifelong relationships. Those in Las Vegas can call Cornerstone Christian Academy & Preschool for availability information.
These activities will keep your kids learning all summer long, but fall will be here before you know it. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of enrolling your child in a private, Christian school, contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Preschool at (702) 939-5050 to schedule a tour!