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Active Summer Learning for Elementary Kids

Updated: Jun 19, 2023



Summer is just around the corner, and we all know how important it is to keep those young minds engaged and learning during the break. But don't worry, it's not all about boring textbooks and worksheets!


In this blog post, we're going to dive into some seriously cool and exciting, and active ways to keep elementary kids learning this summer. Get ready for a summer filled with adventure and knowledge!


Take on the Summer Reading Challenge


Who said reading can't be a thrilling challenge? Let's make it happen! Create your very own summer reading challenge where kids earn rewards for devouring books. Think colorful charts, stickers, and maybe even a special treat for reaching reading milestones. Whether it's a mystery, a fantasy, or a funny story, let your little bookworms explore various genres and dive into captivating tales.


Want an easier option? Check your local library for a summer reading challenge for kids and adults!


Harness the Power of Educational Apps and Websites


Let's face it, technology is here to stay, so let's use it to our advantage! Explore educational apps and websites that offer interactive and engaging activities. From math challenges to science games and coding adventures, there are plenty of resources available to make learning a blast. Just remember to keep an eye on screen time and encourage a healthy balance between digital and real-world experiences.



Join a Book Club


Reading is always more fun when shared with friends. Join one of our book clubs online or in person to start reading, discussing, and learning together. During our meetings, we will have group discussions about the book, play games, and engage in creative activities related to the story. We encourage children to share their thoughts and ideas about the books we read, and we value the diversity of perspectives and experiences that each child brings to the group.


Explore the Great Outdoors for Active Summer Learning


Why limit learning to the indoors? Encourage kids to maintain nature journals where they can record their observations, draw pictures, and write about their experiences in nature. Provide them with tools like binoculars, magnifying glasses, or field guides to enhance their exploration. Incorporate art and creativity into nature exploration by engaging kids in nature-themed crafts. You can create or purchase scavenger hunts with a list of items or features for kids to find in nature, such as different types of leaves, animal tracks, or specific plants.




Make Reading a Daily Adventure


No need to confine reading to a stuffy room! Encourage kids to read wherever their imagination takes them. Create a cozy reading nook in the backyard, set up a blanket fort indoors, or let them snuggle up in a hammock under the shade of a tree. With a book in hand, their reading adventure awaits!


Unleash the Creative Writer


Every child has a story inside them, waiting to be told. Encourage their creativity by letting them write their own tales, poems, or even a journal of their summer adventures. Supply them with colorful notebooks, writing prompts, or storytelling games to spark their imagination. Don't forget to celebrate their masterpieces by organizing a reading session where they can share their stories with friends and family.


Need something with a little more meaning to encourage them? Set up a PenPal with a family member, school friend, or even through a program. Check out this article about PenPals!


Dive into Hands-on Science


Enjoy the mess and excitement created by science! Get ready for some explosive experiments and mind-blowing discoveries! Find age-appropriate science books or websites that offer fun experiments to try at home. Let kids become young scientists as they mix potions, observe reactions, and document their findings. And hey, who knows, you might just have a future Nobel laureate on your hands!




With these fun and active strategies, you'll keep those elementary kids entertained, engaged, and learning throughout the summer. Let their curiosity run wild, embrace their creativity, and make reading and learning a part of their daily adventures. Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, exploration, and a whole lot of brain power!


Interested in joining Keep It Up Tutoring's book clubs, small group, or one-on-one tutoring this summer? Use this link to sign up for a free Zoom consultation.




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