After months of distance learning, teachers and parents will be looking for easy summer learning ideas for their elementary kids that don’t include Zoom meetings! I know we are all concerned about the learning losses that may have occurred during the quarantine, but students and parents need a less stressful way to continue the learning this summer.
But, what should our elementary students work on? What is the best way to extend their learning until school begins again?
As our lives have simplified over the past few months, we can simplify learning for our kids too.
This list of 30 easy summer learning ideas for elementary kids will keep our students learning and won’t make parents or teachers crazy! I think we are all ready for that!
READING – For me, summer reading should be encouraged for all students. The trick is finding books that they want to read. I always recommend letting kids pick their own books, but giving them possible titles might help with that process.
Here’s 10 fun books that you could suggest:
1. Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate Di Camillo
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney
4. Snot Stew, Bill Wallace
5. Judy Moody, Megan McDonald
6. The Lemonade Wars, Jacqueline Davies
7. Geronimo Stilton, Elizabetta Dami
8. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
9. Nate the Great, Marjorie Sharmat
10. Cam Jansen, David A. Adler
If you want to learn more about summer learning ideas, this Reading Rockets article is full of them!
WRITING “Reading is inhaling, writing is exhaling.” Let those little smarties exhale a bit this summer by writing. If you add in colorful paper and pens, markers, and glue – they will love it!
1. Write about your favorite book.
2. Write a review of a book for a friend.
3. Keep a diary of your summer.
4. Write a letter to a relative or friend.
5. Write a scary story.
6. Write a funny story.
7. Write a story about dinosaurs.
8. Write a story about your friends.
9. Write a story about your teacher – the possibilities are endless!
10. Research a subject and write down everything you learned about it.
MATH is really used every day – they just don’t notice.
1. Collect change in a jar and keep a running total.
2. Create arrays with household items – marshmallows, safety pins, coins, etc. For K-2, have them add up the equal groups – for 3-5 they can use multiplication and division.
3. Cook. There are many opportunities to use math in the kitchen. Kids can measure out ingredients, calculate how many servings are needed, and so much more!
5. Board games like Monopoly, Battleship, and Clue.
6. Hopscotch math
7. Play “I Spy” around the house and count all the electrical outlets, light switches, doorknobs, light fixtures, walls, or cabinets.
8. Sudoku puzzles
9. Draw a map of your house, yard, or neighborhood.
10. Identify shapes around your house.
Check out this article for more math ideas for summer learning!
If you find that you need more focused activities for students who were struggling with some concepts before the quarantine, here are a few print and go packets that could be sent home with students for the summer.
Math Worksheets – Weekly practice would help students continue to progressively gain mastery. Click on the links for a closer look.
Close Reading Packs – these high-interest reading comprehension packets can help students flex their reading muscles all summer! If you have students who need more intensive practice – the activities in these packs are perfect! Click on the links for a closer look.
Settlement Patterns Close Reading
Civics and Government Close Reading
Character Traits Close Reading
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