Keep your Brain Moving! Summer Learning Games for Students

Over the summer, camps, sports and everyday play will keep students busy and active. Summer vacation is also a great time to help keep kids’ brains moving with some academic skill building games. Playing at least one game each day or doing any activity that reinforces learning will help prepare your child for the coming school year. In this blog I will include literacy activities and in the next blog I will focus on numeracy activities.

Here are some literacy games to try:

Reading and Rhyming
For pre readers and beginning readers

Read your child nursery rhymes, Dr. Suess books, or any rhyming book or poem. As you are reading, pause before the next rhyming word and give your child a chance to fill in the word. She might even want to make up some new rhymes to fit into the story, or fill in silly rhymes that make no sense. Rhyming is a fun way to play with language and playing in this manner will help with reading readiness and skill development.

Cooperative Story
For writers of any age

Take turns writing one sentence each, and make up a story together! Just pass the paper back and forth and see what happens. Kids can write with their parents, siblings, friends, babysitter, or anyone who wants to create a story together. This is a great game to encourage printing practice and motivate young writers.

Spelling Scramble
Make a list of words you want your child to learn to spell correctly. Include common but potentially tricky words (like friend or because), new words from the appropriate grade level or any word that you know has been misspelled in the past. Students from kindergarten to grade two should probably be able to handle three to five words in each game. Older students can handle more, up to ten words at a time. Have your child write out the words from your list correctly, with lots of space between the letters. Then have them cut out the letters for each word, making sure to keep the letters for each word separate from the other words. Make a pile of letters for each word, and then line the piles up in a column on the table or floor; this will help keep the words organized. Next, scramble the letters in each pile. Then, one after another, read each word aloud and have your child unscramble the letters to find the word. To keep the words together so you can play again, paperclip the letters from each pile and place the piles and the list in a ziplock bag or an envelope.

Stay tuned for some exciting math games! More to come next time…

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