activities for kids
I’m a huge fan of creative play, inside and outside the house. When you head to Disneyland – all the creating has been done for you. You walk around seeing what other people imagined. But when you give kids the time, place and encouragement for unstructured play, their brains have to do the work. They climb trees, build forts, imagine new worlds, and spend hours and hours discovering new parts of themselves.
Labor day, which is the first Monday in September, signifies the end of summer for most of us. It’s the last hurrah before school starts and the weather starts to cool off.
Visual learners typically have a hard time formulating their thoughts into words when it comes time to write about something they have just read. We have created this simple activity to help them figure out what they want to say by drawing a picture first and then writing.
Summer vacation has begun, now what? I encourage you to take a break but don’t let the kids be idle for too long. Without a plan for maintaining their skills, kids can lose up to 2 1/2 months of knowledge while they are enjoying the sunshine and free time that summer is all about.
The school year is coming to an end and what a crazy ride it has been. Go ahead, take a little time to relax and rejuvenate. You’ve earned it.
But don’t take too long of a break. If summer days are consistently lazy – a significant amount of what went into building your child’s brain during the school year will start to leak out. I have just the thing to prevent this loss.