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Summer does mean no school, but don’t let the warm weather, fun activities and vacations put a halt on your learning. There are so many ways to incorporate learning into your summer fun plans.

Here are 16 great ideas to get you started:

  • Watch TV with the sound off and closed captioning on.
  • Read directions for how to play a new game.

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  • Help with meals by writing up a grocery list, finding things in the grocery store and reading the recipe aloud for mom or dad during cooking time.
  • Make journals for your kids to write about their vacations or day trips.
  • Write to friends and family near and far.
  • Take a look at a map of Milwaukee, and plan out your weekend activities.
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Edu-tainment destinations in southeast Wisconsin. Amy Schwabe/Now Media Group

 

  • Start a scrapbook of all your summer adventures.
  • Subscribe to children’s magazines, and read them together as a whole family.
  • Start a workout program and record your progress. You can also use your workout data to make graphs and tables.
  • Try out geocaching. Use your phone along with some math and reading skills to find a treasure!
  • Research, plan, prepare and plant a garden.
  • Google some fun science experiments that you and your kids can do at home. 
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Learn how to make this awesome craft from Kelcey Kalumbula at Cloud 9 Workshop. Wochit

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  • Plan ahead for fall: Make a list of school supplies, and have your child search for the best prices as they look through advertisements.
  • Have your children and their friends start a book club.

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  • Encourage your kids and their friends to put on a play complete with invitations, snacks and home-made costumes.
  • If your child struggles to enjoy reading, you might want to check out audio books or any of the apps for your phone that have read-aloud capabilities.

You and your child can truly have all of the fun of summer and, with your creativity and the ideas above, keep up the learning all summer long.

Tracy Christman is a psychologist with Milwaukee Public Schools and the mom of two boys.

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