With a two month break from school many parents are on the look-out for helpful tips and tricks to keep their kids engaged until classes resume in September. Teacher's On Call have shared some easy ways to keep your little learners on track.

Summer Learning - Tips from Teachers

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.

Here are some easy ways to keep your little learners busy over the summer:

  1. 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.

  1. Send Postcards, e-cards & e-mails –A fun way to stay in touch with family and friends while practicing writing skills.

  1. Visit Bookstores and Public Libraries – Encourage summer reading and take advantage of local programs, many of which are free of charge.

  1. 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.

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

  1. Buy Resources at Dollar Stores – Purchase inexpensive resources to use at home such as flash cards, activity books, playdough and magnetic letters.

  1. Immersion in 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 visit a destination where your child can practice their new skills.

  1. Use Educational Apps – Visit the iTunes store for a list of the most popular educational apps.  For our recommendations, check out our website.

  1. Cook Together – What better way to practice fractions and measurements than baking delicious treats and family favourites.

  1. 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.


Joanne Sallay is a Director at Teachers on Call – a personalized home tutoring service with more than 25 years of experience.  Teachers on Call’s Ontario Certified Teachers specialize in providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades including summer enrichment tutoring.

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