Young students need activities that help them learn and stay sharp over the summer, and parents can choose from many simple ones for their children who are in kindergarten through the third grade.
Sorting and stacking helps teach classification skills. Ask your child to match and stack dishes of similar sizes and shapes.
Also have children sort silverware — forks with forks, spoons with spoons.
This is like recognizing the shapes of letters and numbers.
You can also use comic strips to help with writing.
Cut apart the segments of a strip and ask your child to arrange them in order.
Then ask your child to say the words of the characters out loud.
It also helps to encourage hypothesizing or guessing.
Use objects such as soap, a dry sock, a bottle of shampoo, and a wet sponge. Ask which objects will float when dropped into water in a sink or bathtub.
Then drop the objects into the water one by one to see what happens.
This all helps make learning fun, and it keeps young minds active over the summer months.