With summer quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of some of the resources we’ve used at home during the summer to keep our little guys active and engaged. In addition to traditional outdoor activities like going to the park, beach, and zoo, our summers are filled with a combination of enrichment activities like art, science, geography, as well as traditional reading and math.
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Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite enrichment activities:
We’ve been using Time4Learning with my 6-year old son for the last four months, and he loves it! He’s in kindergarten now, and I found that he was getting bored when he got home from his half-day kindergarten. I remembered reading about Time4Learning, a computer-based education program when we were considering homeschooling and thought I’d look into it as an afterschool enrichment program.
What I found is that a lot of parents use this program to supplement their children’s traditional education, and many use it during the summer to avoid summer fatigue. My son loves this program so much that he is constantly asking me if he can do a Time4Learning activity.
For only $19.99 a month, your kids will learn not only reading and math but also science and social studies. Each activity takes about 10-20 minutes. My son is fully engaged in the learning process, and I love how it allows me to check his progress along the way.
If your kids need a little more help with reading or spelling, or you think there may be gaps in these areas, I highly recommend using All About Reading and All About Spelling. I used these resources with my son last summer and plan on using them again this summer. They’re a little pricier but much less expensive than a private tutor. The activities will require parent involvement but if you have the time you should definitely check out these programs.
Another subscription that’s been a hit in our home is Little Passports. We’ve been subscribers to the World Edition for a little over a year. Little Passports helps to inspire your children to learn about the world! Each month a package is sent with learning activities for one new country. The monthly package arrives filled with letters, souvenirs, stickers, activities & more. Both of my kids look forward to the monthly package, and they are getting really good at reading a world map!
The website also has many great resources. Are your kids into insects like mine? If so, I found this fun craft on the Little Passports website. Click below and it will take you directly to the instructions page.
This summer, keep your kids’ minds stimulated–and combat summer brain drain–with a Green Kid Crafts’ subscription! My kids love these fun, educational STEAM- and STEM-themed activity kits designed for kids ages 3-10.
As a mom, I love how excited my boys get when they get their new box. Each new Discovery Box is full of engaging science and creative activities, each introducing a different educational theme. Here’s a picture of them working on the Northern Lights postcard activity from last month’s box with their friends.
Another subscription box service for kids is Kiwi Crate. They offer subscription boxes for all ages from babies to 16+.
These are one of the original subscription boxes for kids and offer STEAM activities for your budding scientists, artists, and makers.
If you use the code “summertime” you’ll get 30% off of your first month’s subscription.
We’ve also used the Home School Art Studio program for kindergarten. These instructional art DVDs for grades K-5 are a wonderful resource, so you don’t have to come up with art projects for your kids on your own!
Although designed for homeschooling parents, these can be used as a great summer art program for your little ones.
Hope these ideas help you with your summer planning activities for your kids!
With Love and Joy,