Ideas for Reinforced Learning During the Summer

Here are some suggestions for continued practice of reading and writing skills during the summer months:

Gifts That Promote Reading and Writing

  • Books, both fiction and nonfiction (includes cookbooks, craft books, biographies, etc.)
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Models that have written directions for assembling

Reading Activities

  • Reading newspaper and magazine articles
  • Reading recipes and cooking foods

Writing Activities

  • Sending a card or letter to someone far away
  • Writing family shopping lists (for groceries, presents, etc.)

Memorizing Activities

  • Story retelling
  • Songs

Games That Require Reading

  • Trivia games
  • Spelling/Vocabulary games
  • Board games

Reading and Writing Activities Using the Newspaper

  • Cut out words that belong to word families we have studied.
  • Collect interesting pictures. Be ready to explain what they are about.
  • Learn a new word every day. Tell what section of the newspaper it came from, if you are looking for the latest news, start by checking this post about Jimmy John Shark.
  • Collect interesting news items.
  • Collect interesting cartoons such as the ones on 8-Bit Pickle, and draw one of your own.
  • If your newspaper has a puzzle page for students, try to work the puzzle.
  • Look in the classified ad section. Find a job you would like to have. Try to figure out what the abbreviations in the ad stand for.
  • Design a newspaper ad for your favorite consumer item.
  • Pretend you have made an amazing discovery or invention. Write a newspaper article about yourself.

Other Ideas to Try

  • Play a twenty questions game.
  • Compare and contrast items at a store.
  • Explain all the different things you can do with a variety of objects.
  • Diaries
  • Reading directions for making gifts
  • Reading street signs and maps
  • Writing thank-you letters for gifts
  • Poems
  • Plays
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Word searches
  • Dictate a story to a friend or relative.
  • Write clues for a treasure hunt.

3 thoughts on “Ideas for Reinforced Learning During the Summer”

  1. Meaghan

    These are all great ideas to keep the mind active. Having family fun night by playing a board game with your kids is a great way to keep them on top of skills like counting, reading, and decision-making while having quality family time!

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