The start of summer break signals the retirement of knapsacks, calculators and other school supplies for another season.

But with the sun shining and a two-month break from the classroom many parents are on the look-out for helpful tips and tricks to keep their kids engaged until classes resume in September.

Easy Summer Learning Activities for Kids

Start a Journal

Journals are a great tool to develop writing skills. Encourage your child to write about things they enjoy such as summer adventures, camp experiences and family trips.

Send Postcards, e-Cards and e-Mails

A fun way to stay in touch with family and friends while practicing writing skills.

Visit Bookstores and Public Libraries

Encourage summer reading and take advantage of local programs, many of which are free of charge.

Daily Reading

Introduce a variety of materials into your child’s reading routine. Mix it up with non-fiction, fiction, magazines and catalogues. Discuss with your child what they have read to develop their comprehension and oral communication skills.

Play Games

Traditional board games or online versions such as Scrabble and Boggle are great tools for word formation and developing vocabulary.

Buy Resources at Dollar Stores

Purchase inexpensive resources to use at home, such as flash cards, activity books, play dough, and magnetic letters.

Practice a Second Language

Practice a second language by reading books, listening to music, and watching television and movies with English subtitles. For a real treat, plan a family trip to a destination where your child can practice their new skills.

Use Educational Apps

Visit the iTunes store for a list of the most popular educational apps. At Teachers on Call, we have an archive of education apps we recommend in different subject areas.

Cook Together

What better way to practice fractions and measurements than baking delicious treats and family favourites? It’s a win-win!

Go on Field Trips

Expose students to new learning and cultural experiences with trips to museums, galleries, parks, theatres, festivals, science centres, zoos, and other major attractions. It is the perfect opportunity to reinforce school curriculum and enhance teachable moments.

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