It’s hard to believe that this school year will conclude in another month and a half. It seems like only yesterday the students were showing up in their new classrooms and trying to get a feel for the teacher they had only heard about and never really experienced before.
Rather than pat the students on the back six weeks from now and telling them to have a fun summer, educators should try to enlighten them in ways that they can keep learning even during the summer months. By creating a shortlist to be sent home or emailed to their parents, students can eliminate a bit of the summer learning loss that seems to happen when students take the next three months off.
Visit the Library Once a Week
I know. This is on almost every list ever created when discussing ways students can keep learning even during their downtime from school. But libraries are unique places. They have books on every topic that you can check for free for weeks. What else is free in this world? Like Matt Damon’s character said to a cocky college student in the film Goodwill Hunting, “You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for $1.50 in late fees at the public library.”
Close to a million educational apps are available, as many academic websites if you are not interested in not downloading anything to your phone or computer. These apps cover every topic and subject area that students would experience in school.
Are you worried about losing math skills during the summer? You shouldn’t if you give these apps a try. Science is quickly becoming a favorite for kids, so with these apps, they will essentially have plenty of science lessons to choose from each day. If History is a favorite subject, check out this list.
Hire a Tutor
A professional tutor can do wonders in strengthening a student’s learning skills. We have plenty of high-quality tutors for every grade and subject level. Luckily, iAchieve has you covered as well. If you know there are subjects that a child is struggling with, use the summer months as a chance for them to catch up.
Write a Book
This may sound ambitious for younger students, but several teenage authors have hit it big in the past by writing a book while they were essentially still in school. S.E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders when she was only 18 years old. Kody Keplinger was only 17 when she wrote the best-selling novel The Duff. Christopher Paolini started writing his well-known book Eragon at 15 and then self-published it at 19. Paolini even wrote three more books for the series as well.
Take Educational Field Trips
If you search online, you will probably find plenty of museums, zoos, and other exciting and educational places within an hour of where you live. Kids love learning in these types of environments. And if you want to take it even a little further, you can educate them on essential life skills that they should possess. You could ask the local mechanic to show them how to replace a tire or change the oil in a car. A quick visit to the local bakery could even have them starting a future career if the local pastry chef allowed them to lend a hand behind the scenes.