There are many activities in the summer that are available to elementary students and their families. Most of the things we do have some educational value that can be capitalized on. It is all about the approach you take with your children. Everything can be educational and fun.
~ Team sports
Sports are an excellent learning and educational opportunity. Children learn about following rules and consequences. They learn how to win and lose graciously. They learn about working as part of the team and how teamwork makes a job easier. Parents and coaches have the responsibility of being good role models and pointing out all these learning opportunities.
~ Trips to the zoo
Plan enough time to enjoy some of the educational and exciting shows where docents actually teach the children about the programs and the animals. Instead of just identifying animals kids learn about behaviors, diets and natural habitats. It is an easy and enjoyable educational experience.
~ Library time
Story times at the library are specifically geared to appropriate age groups. Librarians are professionals and can be great teachers. Elementary students will participate in activities that are age appropriate. They will get a new perspective on some books, authors and reading.
~ Grocery shopping
This is a chore that needs to be done, so why not make it an educational activity. It begins at home by searching the cupboards and fridge to see what is already in the house.
Then plan a healthy menu for the week. Talk about fruits, vegetables and proteins. Talk about nutrition and make menu. Then make the grocery list. Go to the store armed with the list and calculators. Stick together and talk about options. Check prices and learn about the basics of shopping.
~ See how the other side lives
Families who live in rural area can take a day trip to the city. Talk about the different things there are to do there and enjoy some of the sights. Talk about how people may have different careers and hobbies. Visit a first class museum. Go and visit a botanical garden. Do something that can’t be done where you live.
City dwellers can take a day in the country. Visit a farm and see how the chores are done. Ask the kids what chores they have and see how different their days might be. Eat at a down home diner that is famous for something local.
~ Practice spelling
This is fun and easy. Give the children window paints and have them practice spelling. When spelling time is done, the windows will be washed. This is a win-win situation.
It becomes fairly simple to make any activity one where a child can learn. Change the perspective.