Written by Martha Bjorklund, Head of Lower Campus at PBDA
The kids are out of school, the sun is shining, and the days are long. While it’s important to relax during the summer months and enjoy the weather, it’s also a great time to be productive and engage with your children. Parents should take advantage of the extra time they have with their children to create memorable and valuable activities their children will remember for years. These activities will aid learning and keep their developing brains working all summer long.
Keep reading for four ways to keep your children engaged during the summer months:
1. Take advantage of your local library’s summer reading program
Let your local library do the work for you! Our local children’s libraries go above and beyond in connecting kids with books and ideas. Summer reading programs allow children to keep their reading skills sharp by offering age-appropriate book lists and theme-related rewards. Visiting your local library weekly to get the next installment of books can be an exciting activity to add to your children’s summer routine. Don’t forget to chat with the children’s librarian or the person behind the information desk at your library: they live for that.
2. Write, write, write
Help your child start a journal that they write in for a few minutes every day. To keep them engaged, provide topic starters, such as “If I had an online store, what would I sell?” Children might also like to pen letters to friends and relatives, write up grocery lists or even make the household to-do list. Adding drawings of their own observations or from their imagination gives kids an added creative outlet for their memories and ideas.
3. Spend time outside
Cherish the summer days and spend time outside with your kids. Take a walk around the block, go to the beach, explore a nearby park or take a day trip to a destination. Young children can count animals they see, or make a scavenger hunt out of your adventure by asking your children to spot items such as a flower, flag, or dog.
4. Visit a museum
South Florida is full of museums to explore, including some right here in Palm Beach County! Spend your day playing with science at the South Florida Science Center, or discover what the Norton Museum of Art has to offer. A trip to the Flagler Museum connects all ages with the art and culture of Gilded Age America. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has Family Fun Days scheduled for June and July.
Enjoy your summers Bulldogs! We can’t wait to see our hallways filled again in September!