Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Although a fun, relaxing time to take a break and unwind, summer is unfortunately also a time when kids forget much of what they’ve learned from their studies in the previous months. To prevent the loss of all that important knowledge, help your kids keep up with their learning throughout the summer so that they’re not forced to play “catch up” in September. Here are some helpful tips to make learning fun and effortless for kids of all ages:

Elementary School

  • Go on a nature walk – Taking your child on a nature walk is an easy way to teach them about the surrounding environment; from the names of animals, insects and trees, to how they all work together to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
  • Take a trip to a museum – Whether it’s science or history, a day trip to a museum can be an exciting adventure for your child and provide immersive learning experiences for exploring new subjects.

Middle School

  • Set summer reading goals– Setting reading goals for your child to achieve over the summer months, like reading a book each week, will help to improve their language and communication skills, expand their imagination, and expose them to new information.
  • Assign weekly or biweekly math problem sets – Practice sets are a great way to help your child sharpen their math skills; incorporating games and food is always a plus for a fun twist.

High School

  • Enroll your child in a summer program – As your child begins to think about higher education, participating in a program or taking classes at a local college is a great way for them to dive into a subject that interests them, while also getting a taste for college life and identifying what they may want in a university, technical or vocational school.
  • Help your child find a jobA summer job, especially if the job is as a tutor or cashier, is a great way to reinforce learning and build skills in an everyday environment outside of school.

Bonus: No matter what your child does this summer, encourage them to write about it!

Make the most of the summer by ensuring it is both relaxing and productive. By following these tips, you’ll help your kids stay on top of their academics and set them up for success in the upcoming school year.