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 are. 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 school year-round. My kids wouldn’t want to be inside doing school 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 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?
25 FREE Ways to Prevent Summer Slide
1. Listen to an audiobook.
3. Join ChopChop Cooking Club and prepare a recipe together.
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.
10. Learn about Spanish language and culture with Salsa videos.
11. Download The Good and The Beautiful’s Marine Biology science unit.
12. Learn about the American Revolution with Liberty’s Kids videos.
13. Have fun learning new skills and earning virtual patches at DIY.org.
14. Practice typing by playing Burning Cargo.
15. Improve reading comprehension by reading passages at Read Theory.
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. Learn about American history by watching videos at Have Fun with History.
21. Read one of these classic readers.
22. Learn about science with a short video from Crash Course Kids.
23. Read a story in The Wonder Book of Bible Stories.
24. Review geography with World Geography Games.
25. Read a book at Free Kids Book.
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.