The school year is almost over, which means that many kids may be counting down the days until they can leave the classroom behind for the summer.
Any teacher will tell you that they spend time at the beginning of the school year working to re-orient students to the learning process after a summer away. Make that transition easier for your child by engaging them in activities that will keep them learning all summer long.
Plant a Garden
Tending to a garden is a great way to instill a sense of responsibility in children. Let them choose what type of food to grow (within reason, of course), then create a schedule for watering, weeding, and other garden duties.
Not only will this give your child a little bit of structure to summer days, it will also provide an opportunity to learn firsthand about how food grows. Have them keep a journal to track progress along the way and reflect on what they are learning to ensure that it sticks with them when they go back to school in the fall.
Visit the library
There’s something for everyone at the library, even if your child may not love to read.
The Redondo Beach Public Library offers programs and events for children nearly every day, including dance and music classes and summer reading clubs. Set a goal to visit the library at least once per week to check out a new book or to participate in one of the programs.
Reading and engaging in educational events will help keep those skills sharp, and might even spark a new interest that your child will be eager to learn more about.
Volunteer in the community
For older children and teens, volunteering can help take them outside of their bubbles and learn the importance of connecting with others.
Redondo Beach has many nonprofit organizations that are always in need of extra help. Again, this will help provide structure to the day and provide valuable lessons in skills like empathy and respect for all types of people.