According to the National Summer Learning Association, almost 66 percent of teachers say that they spend the first month of school re-teaching students material from the previous year. Preventing “summer learning loss” is a hot topic for many schools and parents alike, and technology can help bridge the gap.
From Minecraft to robotics and 3-D printing, technology has a place on the crafting table. Encourage kids to explore, build, and create their own art, movies, music, and more through apps, software, and online tools.
Make it a game.
If they are going to be on their devices anyway, give them games to choose from that can grow their minds while they keep their cool inside. There are a lot of great gems on this list from Digital Trends.
Get ready to read.
One of the easiest ways to prevent the summer slide is to encourage your kids to read as much as possible. Reading books on tablets is one way to keep a wide variety of titles handy, and a great way for kids to earn time playing other less-educational activities. Whooo’s Reading is a known resource for inspiring students to up their page game over break.
Summer means fresh produce, but don’t wait for your local farmer’s market to do it for you. Plant a garden and use one of the many gardening apps to track plant growth, identify rogue plants and mushrooms, and remind you to weed, water, and check for bugs.
Take a field trip.
Apps like MuseumFinder can put the onus of relieving boredom back in your kids’ hands. Have them search for things to do and visit using local and national apps geared toward making sure kids always have something to do, see, and explore.
Let off some STEAM.
Encourage your kids to dive into science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities throughout the summer, whether it’s by learning to make a new recipe, try a hand at chemistry, solve logical puzzles, and build a better mousetrap. More great STEM and STEAM apps are coming on the market all the time, and summer is a great time to test and rate them (which could be an activity of its own!).
Keep the summer sliding on the playground this year and encourage your kids to keep on learning all break long. They’ll be ready to hit the ground running come fall, which will not only boost their educational confidence but also their performance.
What educational apps are on your summer radar this year? Let us know!