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Summer Learning Ideas and Giveaway

There’s a lot of talk these days about the “summer slide,” kids losing the skills they learned during the school year while on summer vacation.  I’ll be honest.  As a mom, I’ve never worried that my kids would somehow forget what they learned and start out in the fall behind where they ended in the spring.  What does concern me, however, is that less than one week into summer vacation, the “What can I do”s have often begun.

My children absolutely love school from the daily structure to the fascinating lessons to the challenging projects.  This year I decided to bring a little bit of school to our home by creating thematic projects for my children to work on through the summer.  I began by asking each child to select a theme – sports for Noah and the horses of Chincoteague for Emma – and then created summer learning projects around each theme.

Idea One: Noah just finished first grade and loves all things sports.  To keep him engaged with learning this summer, I created worksheets for him based on a magazine that chronicles the 2012-2013 college football season.  The idea was to incorporate a variety of skills – reading comprehension, math, art – into one activity in order to sneak as much learning into one project as possible.  For example, this week Noah was asked to answer questions about team records, create a bar graph comparing the number of wins for two teams, and then create a new team name complete with a logo and mascot.

Idea Two: Emma just finished third grade, so rather than create worksheets, I found a kid-friendly website about Chincoteague and sent her off with some maps, posterboard, and guidelines about next steps.  While Noah is working on answering questions drawn from his magazine, Emma is conducting research and creating a report to share with the entire family. We’ve also asked her to create a route from our home to Chincoteague, and plan on finishing up the project with her by driving to see the horses she’s been studying.

Like Noah’s “assignment,” Emma’s project covers a variety of learning initiatives, but having her work on her own to include what she feels is important to her report also allows her a bit more creativity and control over her learning experience.  The key is that both project ideas allow for the kids to learn more about subjects they enjoy and work at their own pace in those quiet moments when they would normally be asking, “What can I do now?”  

For more ideas, visit Sylvan’s new blog, Mom Minded, a great resource for summer learning ideas, tips and tricks.

To celebrate National Learning Day, June 21st, Sylvan has provided a Random House book giveaway for Resourceful Mommy readers, which includes the following:

  1. A Day at The Seashore: Ages 3-7 ($3.99)
  2. Turtle in Paradise: Age 8 and Up ($7.99)
  3. The Year of Luminous Love: Teens/Adults ($16.99)
  4. Meant To Be: Teen/Adults ($17.99)
  5. All You Never Wanted: Teens ($16.99)
  6. Alex the Parrot: Age 8 and Up ($17.99)
  7. Sylvan Workbook: Age 4-5 ($6.99)
This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada age 18 and older. Product was provided. No other compensation was provided. All ideas and opinions are my own. Giveaway ends June 30th.
To enter to win, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to include fun learning in your children’s summer plans!




  1. 1

    I love nature walks to incorporate fun learning. The kids love the hands on fun when we find new creatures or plants and then we go home and look up info on it.

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    Becky Cole says:

    Lots of “field trips” to educational sites like the art museum, zoo, naval park, etc…

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    Janet W. says:

    We visit our local parks and nature centers to learn more about the outdoors. We also take mini field trips to places like the zoo, museums, and the library.

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    Julie McDonough says:

    We like to do fun educational day trips.

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    We like going to the library, the zoo and the Science Museum.

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    Visit library, museum, crafts, educational apps
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    I don’t force the issue but we spend time on worksheets and focus on science and art projects during the summer.
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    Tiffany Schmidt says:

    We make new experiences “discoveries” so the kids find something new! We will be doing some structured learning as well, but the most fun is the unstructured! We’ll also be visiting some new and fun places locally.

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    Nannypanpan says:

    We learn with maps about what we are doing and where we are going to learn states and facts

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    Samantha C.. says:

    We always visit the zoo and museums during the summer. Love to incorporate learning and seeing new animals.

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    Our local park has a nature trail that we enjoy exploring.

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    Sadie B. says:

    My daughter loves the library program. We read so many books and can win prizes for doing reviews.

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    Teresa H. says:

    We like to make frequent trips to the library, aquarium and the zoo. In addition we cook meals together and bake.


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