So much happens during the summer: family vacations, sleeping in, mid-week sleepovers, pool days, later bedtimes…the fun never ends! One thing that does come to an end is the structured learning time your child gets at St. Philip Lutheran School during the academic year. The end of the school year doesn’t have to mean the end of learning, though. Keep your child’s mental muscles strong this summer by providing the following educational opportunities:
- Cook with them. Basic cooking skills are simply necessary for anyone who can’t afford to hire a full-time chef, but it is also educational. Using measurements reinforces math skills that were learned during the school year. Cooking – baking, in particular – is also a way to introduce your child to chemistry. Doubtful? See what happens when you add yeast to warm water, or forget to put a source of fat in a cookie recipe.
- Be mad scientists. If your son or daughter has already mastered making slime, check out the internet for other safe science experiments to try at home. If all else fails, you can always resort to the good old standby – the baking soda and vinegar volcano.
- Set aside time for reading and writing. This can be as simple as a 15-minute bedtime routine or as ambitious as a novel you read as a family; a sticky note grocery list to a complete analysis of literature. Whichever works for you, make sure your summer breaker is reading and writing daily.
- Take family field trips. Teach your student about photosynthesis by taking a nature hike or help history come to life by visiting some of Chicago’s historical sites. Not only will this help your child learn, it will also create memories to last a lifetime.
- Enroll your child in VBS and summer camps. Vacation Bible School continues your child’s spiritual education and provides them with opportunities to socialize with other kids their age. Find other camps that your child might be interested in (Robotics camp, anyone?) by searching online.
As adults, we know that there are endless opportunities to learn, but our kids may need some guidance in this endeavor until they figure it out for themselves. To find out more about our Vacation Bible School schedule or other extended learning opportunities, contact St. Philip Lutheran School. Winter, summer, spring, or fall, your child’s education is our priority.