The days are getting longer. And with the absence of school comes freedom from our humdrum routines. Most of us greet the summer months with a mixture of relief (Ahh, no more lunches to pack at 6 a.m.) and anxiety (Will my daughter’s brain turn to mush?). We’ve all heard about the proverbial “summer brain drain,” kids losing months of learning over the summer months only to find themselves behind in September. Not to despair. There are some simple, and fun, ways to add real learning value to your summer vacation routines.
Summer is upon us, and moms (and dads) everywhere are biting their nails about how to keep their kids learning and thriving all summer. As the founders of the Homer learning program for kids ages 2-8, we’re often asked for tips on how parents can fill the summer months with valuable learning experiences for their children.
Who doesn’t like to play a game of Clue with their kids? After reading “Who Am I? Wild Animals” in the StoryTime section of the Homer app, take the game offline and think of new animals to use. It only takes a few materials and will allow for the whole family to be involved in the guessing game.
The Palsson summer European road trip continues as this family of four explores the world with a 125 day adventure to learn about other cultures and bond as a family. Kimberly shares her planning, and hopefully inspiring parents to take a trip, even if you can simply expose your child to the local museum, and apply what your child is learning in Homer’s Discover the World section.
The long weekend is upon us, and families around the country are packing up – with a lot of excitement and just a little, well, fear. After all, traveling with kids can be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. “Are we there yet? I need to go potty!!! When can we eat?”