35 Free Ways to Prevent Summer Slide
It’s almost summer break for many of us! If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the break as much (or more) than your kids. But, two or three months without any reading, writing, or math practice could result in some serious summer slide.
So, what’s the solution? Some homeschoolers educate year-round, taking short breaks throughout the year instead of a long summer break. But, I find it difficult to homeschool year-round. My kids wouldn’t want to be inside doing school work when all the other kids in the neighborhood are outside playing. Plus, there is just so much going on in the summer- vacation Bible school, summer camp, travel, etc.
There are several workbook series designed for summer review. You’ve probably seen these while browsing your local book store or on Amazon. These workbooks can fill the need for a little light summer review, but why purchase something when there are so many free learning resources available online?
35 FREE Ways to Prevent Summer Slide
In addition to the math and language arts you’d usually find in a summer review workbook, this list includes engaging resources for learning about science and history. There are also activities that will encourage your child to explore nature, create art, and more.
1. Listen to an audiobook.
2. Spend time outside with fun activities from Discover the Forrest.
3. Cook a meal together as a family.
4. Learn and review math while playing games at Prodigy.
5. Get moving with one of these dance or exercise videos on YouTube.
6. Learn to code at code.org.
7. Keep a journal using prompts from Journal Buddies.
8. Practice math facts with XtraMath.
9. If you can’t travel, take a virtual field trip.
10. Learn about Spanish language and culture with Salsa videos.
11. Do The Good and The Beautiful’s Marine Biology science unit.
12. Learn grammar while reading the Grammar-Land storybook.
13. Do one of these science experiments with items you already have around the house.
14. Play Burning Cargo to practice typing.
15. Watch an engaging history video on YouTube.
16. Review parts of speech with Word Blanks, which is similar to Mad Libs.
17. Learn or practice a foreign language at Duolingo.
18. Explore science at Ology.
19. Create art with a tutorial from Art for Kids Hub.
20. Make one of these bird feeders.
21. Read an Ebook independently or for family story time.
22. Learn about US history while playing an online game at Mission US.
23. Explore science with one of these YouTube videos.
24. Review geography with World Geography Games.
25. Read a vintage nature reader. Then take a family hike.
26. Improve reading comprehension by reading passages at Read Theory.
27. Keep math skills fresh with these downloadable worksheets and workbooks.
28. Review human anatomy with games at Anatomy Arcade.
29. Learn about the science of “sun sneezing” at Kristin Moon Science.
30. Do an art lesson from Art Projects for Kids.
31. Learn about classical music with podcasts, games, and more at Classics for Kids.
32. Watch or read about the news with current events websites designed for kids and teens.
33. Learn about birds at All About Birds. Then spend time observing birds in your yard or at a park.
34. Review grammar skills with these downloadable worksheets.
35. Make a paper kite and fly it.
But, don’t do too much!
With so many resources available, it can be easy to go overboard. This isn’t meant to be a checklist or a to-do list. Pick a few things your child enjoys and would like to learn more about. If needed, pick a trouble area to work on, such as math facts or reading fluency. But, remember to allow plenty of time for independent play. Numerous studies have shown that unstructured playtime helps children build confidence, reduce stress, and improve decision making skills, as well as, get physical exercise.