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Making Summer Assignments Fun

Aug 7, 2018 by

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Summer is for fun, vacations, and relaxation. But that doesn’t mean that students shouldn’t keep their minds and skills sharp. As children enter higher education levels they’re often required to complete summer assignments including book reports, summer reading, and other projects. These are required to help students retain the information they’ve learned and maintain good habits in terms of school work. Here are a few ways to make summer assignments fun for students.

Get Outside

We already know that summer is about spending time outdoors in the sunshine. To help students complete their assignments without confining them to the indoors, try creating assignments that allow them to work and explore outside. There are endless opportunities for learning in nature. Encourage students to keep a journal about nature, documenting the animals they see, flowers, trees, and other wildlife. They can take photographs and caption them. Starting a small garden is another great summer project. It teaches students about the life cycle of plants and also promotes healthy and nutritious eating if they choose to grow vegetables. And let’s not forget about physical education. Create a short list of exercises for children to perform at home, while outside. Encourage them to do things like jump rope or hula hoop. Add a math element by having them count how many rotations they can do!

Take it on the Road

Just because they’re on vacation doesn’t mean students can’t complete their assignments. Whether they’re camping, renting a summer house or flying on an airplane, there are a variety of ways for students to keep their minds sharp while traveling. Eye spy games are perfect for any mode of travel, whether its by car, plane, or train. Give students a list of items they need to find in their travels. They can either document them using photographs or drawings. This helps students sharpen their observation skills and awareness. Keeping a journal that details their vacation is another fun idea that reinforces writing skills including penmanship, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. And at the end of their trip, the students have a keepsake journal they can look back on for years.

Read Together

Encourage students and parents to read together over the summer. Make it even more fun by having the parent and child read the same book. This is the perfect way to help strengthen children’s comprehension skills. They can read the same chapter or section of the book as their parents and then discuss it. It’s like a mini summer book club! Night time reading is always a win for younger students. They can take turns reading with their parents before bed. Instead of requiring a standard book report, ask students to create a story board that retells the story they’ve learned. Perhaps plan for a group of students to read the same book and perform a short skit upon returning to school. Get creative and take a non-traditional approach to help make traditional summer reading more engaging.

See What’s Cooking

The kitchen is the perfect place for learning. Not only are students learning math skills but reading as well. Send your class home with a recipe book for the summer. Include fun, healthy, and refreshing snacks that they can easily make with their parents. While creating these delicious treats, students will need to measure, calculate, read, stir, knead, and mix ingredients, which means there will be a lot of learning going on! From measuring to adding, strengthening fine motor skills, and reading and comprehending. If there are siblings involved, problem solving and compromise will also come into play. Not only is the cooking process educational but the result is tasty and nutritious!

Shop ‘Til You Drop

The grocery store is another perfect place for learning life skills and reinforcing both math and reading skills. Encourage students to join their parents at the grocery store several times over the summer. Have them help calculate the expenses and work with a budget. Let them bring their own list along and even a calculator. They’ll see first hand how much groceries actually cost and how to make cost effective purchases. They’ll also need to read, not only the prices but also labels and signs. It’s a fun and interactive experience built right into a necessary task.

Summer assignments don’t need to be daunting. There’s no denying that summer is meant for fun and a little break from the demands of everyday school work. But that doesn’t mean that students should completely turn off their minds and creativity. These fun activities help keep student’s minds sharp while also encouraging them to have fun!

Summer is for fun, vacations, and relaxation. But that doesn’t mean that students shouldn’t keep their minds and skills sharp. As children enter higher education levels they’re often required to complete summer assignments including book reports, summer reading, and other projects. These are required to help students retain the information they’ve learned and maintain good habits in terms of school work. Here are a few ways to make summer assignments fun for students.

Get Outside

We already know that summer is about spending time outdoors in the sunshine. To help students complete their assignments without confining them to the indoors, try creating assignments that allow them to work and explore outside. There are endless opportunities for learning in nature. Encourage students to keep a journal about nature, documenting the animals they see, flowers, trees, and other wildlife. They can take photographs and caption them. Starting a small garden is another great summer project. It teaches students about the life cycle of plants and also promotes healthy and nutritious eating if they choose to grow vegetables. And let’s not forget about physical education. Create a short list of exercises for children to perform at home, while outside. Encourage them to do things like jump rope or hula hoop. Add a math element by having them count how many rotations they can do!

Take it on the Road

Just because they’re on vacation doesn’t mean students can’t complete their assignments. Whether they’re camping, renting a summer house or flying on an airplane, there are a variety of ways for students to keep their minds sharp while traveling. Eye spy games are perfect for any mode of travel, whether its by car, plane, or train. Give students a list of items they need to find in their travels. They can either document them using photographs or drawings. This helps students sharpen their observation skills and awareness. Keeping a journal that details their vacation is another fun idea that reinforces writing skills including penmanship, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. And at the end of their trip, the students have a keepsake journal they can look back on for years.

Read Together

Encourage students and parents to read together over the summer. Make it even more fun by having the parent and child read the same book. This is the perfect way to help strengthen children’s comprehension skills. They can read the same chapter or section of the book as their parents and then discuss it. It’s like a mini summer book club! Night time reading is always a win for younger students. They can take turns reading with their parents before bed. Instead of requiring a standard book report, ask students to create a story board that retells the story they’ve learned. Perhaps plan for a group of students to read the same book and perform a short skit upon returning to school. Get creative and take a non-traditional approach to help make traditional summer reading more engaging.

See What’s Cooking

The kitchen is the perfect place for learning. Not only are students learning math skills but reading as well. Send your class home with a recipe book for the summer. Include fun, healthy, and refreshing snacks that they can easily make with their parents. While creating these delicious treats, students will need to measure, calculate, read, stir, knead, and mix ingredients, which means there will be a lot of learning going on! From measuring to adding, strengthening fine motor skills, and reading and comprehending. If there are siblings involved, problem solving and compromise will also come into play. Not only is the cooking process educational but the result is tasty and nutritious!

Shop ‘Til You Drop

The grocery store is another perfect place for learning life skills and reinforcing both math and reading skills. Encourage students to join their parents at the grocery store several times over the summer. Have them help calculate the expenses and work with a budget. Let them bring their own list along and even a calculator. They’ll see first hand how much groceries actually cost and how to make cost effective purchases. They’ll also need to read, not only the prices but also labels and signs. It’s a fun and interactive experience built right into a necessary task.

Summer assignments don’t need to be daunting. There’s no denying that summer is meant for fun and a little break from the demands of everyday school work. But that doesn’t mean that students should completely turn off their minds and creativity. These fun activities help keep student’s minds sharp while also encouraging them to have fun!

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