by Kim Vij
School’s out! What steps are you taking to ensure that your child avoids the Summer Slide during their summer break? Here are a few simple tips to ensure that your child has a memorable summer full of adventures and experiences that keep them on track with their skills for the next school year.
With most children away from school for more than two months, research shows that there is a high chance for some loss of skills during their summer. There are programs available to enroll your child at varying costs in our community. However, you might be surprised with how much you can do right from your own home with Pinterest as your resource!
Are you using Pinterest for your child’s Education?
Teachers, Kid Bloggers, Homeschoolers, and Parents from all over the world are using Pinterest to save resourceful information that they have found on the internet to share with you. Teachers share their ideas online with various websites. However, if you’re short on time you don’t want to jump from site to site searching for what you think your child might need, I suggest for you to take advantage of this unique resource. By utilizing Pinterest, you will find the best of the best that someone has pinned, or “bookmarked,” to keep as a tool for future use and for others to discover. It’s like opening up your child’s teachers’ filing cabinets during the summer and using the best content from within.
Fun Pinterest Fact: Did you know The Educators’ Spin On It has over 1.5 million followers on Pinterest?
The first step is to read and possibly print what Core Standards your child was expected to achieve in the grade they just completed. Is there something you wished they had spent more time learning? Then look at the Core Standards for the next grade level and find areas of focus that interest your child. After reading both grade level standards, is there an area that they need improvement based on their performance in the school year and your own observation? Once you have established a few things to work on it’s time to do a search on Pinterest and see what shows up for those topics.
What Topics Should You Search for on Pinterest for Summer Learning?
• Reading – You can find Pinterest boards that focus on a variety of language skills including building comprehension skills, Sight words, Fluency, Phonemic Awareness, Letter Recognition, Strategies for Struggling Readers to even Top Rated Books.
• Writing – Discover story writing prompts, journal ideas, writing processes, handwriting practice and more.
• Math – Ready to take math in a new direction? You can find fun games to engage your child in learning math over the summer as well as free printables to practice with those math facts!
• Science – Pinterest is an avenue for finding at-home experiments that are budget friendly as well as videos of experiments that have been shared. You could create a mini science camp right in your own kitchen.
• Global Learning – Take advantage of your summer travel and do a little research to learn fun facts about a specific location. Create a journey around the world by learning in your own homewith the many great World Culture boards.
• Arts & Crafts – Since there’s not as much time for the arts in most school settings, take advantage of the summer to explore the arts with your child. Using Children’s Art boards, you can explore artists and styles, then combine with frequent local museum visits and a few supplies. You have the tools to make your own Art Summer Camp!
• Cooking, Sewing, Gardening, Photography, Technology – You name it, you can find it on Pinterest. Just take a moment to type in “with kids” at the end and a variety of amazing ideas will show up!
• Play – Play is so important in a child’s life and really the goal of summertime with our youngest learners. Sometimes if you’re tricky enough, you can have them learning and playing at the same time and avoid the Summer Slide! There are tons of fun and creative ideas online and pinned onto boards on Pinterest.
Using Pinterest can make your child’s summer fun (and secretly productive) to avoid the Summer Slide. By implementing a few of these subject areas listed, you can have your own summer camp right in your own backyard, all inspired by Pinterest!
Kim Vij is the co-author of The Educators’ Spin On It. As an early childhood teacher and a mom of three, she’s learned many tips and tricks of parenting and teaching along the way in the past 20 years. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues, how to make learning playful and playtime meaningful. Visit her Pinterest boards at pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/reading-activities/ and pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/bilingual-babies-world-geography/. You can also find Kim on Facebook and Google+ where’s she’s sharing hand selected resources so parents & teachers can spend less time searching and more time with their family.