Parents may or may not realize that, while summer break can be an excellent refresher for students of all ages, it's also a tricky time for retaining skills learned during the school year. Studies show that over a typical 3-month summer vacation, students in varying grade levels can lose as much as an entire month of learning!
We think there are ways for kids to enjoy summer just as much and still hold on to the eduction they've picked up during school months. One great way? Gardening!
Summer gardening can be an excellent way to stimulate thought and creativity and help to maintain an atmosphere of learning (albeit a secret one) even outside school hours! Plus, interacting with nature has been proven to enhance mood, health, productivity and more, and gardening keeps kids busy and active! It's a win win!
Here are our favorite ways to work a little summer education into the fun of gardening.
Count the seeds
Use a ruler to measure the space between plants
Play "Name that Plant"
Write stories about plants' journeys
Read gardening books
Memorize plant names
Paint rocks with the names of plants or a drawing to use as markers for each plant
Draw labels on pots
Make pots out of milk cartons or other creative vessels
Paint garden furniture
Making any (or all) of these activities a part of your child's time in the garden can help combat the summer slippage that comes with taking some time off. You can also use this list to kick start your own creativity and think of even more ways to help your little one retain that knowledge. Then share with us!