During the summer and year-round, it’s good to bolster the three R’s for your children. To start, have your children keep a diary of their activities.
Also take time every day for the whole family to read. Even 10 or 15 minutes is fine. Have your children follow a favorite newspaper comic strip.
It’s also fun to have them write letters or send postcards to relatives and friends.
For math reinforcement, they can review cash register receipts, checking for accuracy when you’re unloading groceries.
You can also teach youngsters to compute gas mileage. If you hold a yard sale, allow them to make change.
You can also help children get organized. Have them start a collection of anything. It could be rocks, stamps, baseball cards, bottle caps, labels, marbles, leaves, or bugs.
Have the children arrange them in some orderly fashion by categories, by color, or alphabetically. They could even keep a written log to go along with the collection.
You can also ask youngsters to organize photos in an album by date or activity.
Or, they can save newspaper or magazine photos of favorite athletes or heroes to create a scrapbook. These ideas can add to summer fun while bolstering the 3 R’s.