Is it true that kids get dumber in summer?
As a former teacher, I know that many kids can lose a little, academically, with a two-month holiday from school. However, as a parent, you can help.
Create learning aids and games to keep kids engaged, academically, throughout the summer. For young children who are learning to read, it's fun to make alphabet booklets and fill each one with photos that depict that letter.
My niece has two little girls, ages four and six. Their names are Quincy and Addison, so I started with the letters Q and A.
The simplest way to create each booklet is to enlarge a die cut or sticker alphabet in a photocopier until each letter is big enough to accommodate photos. Use the enlargement as a pattern and cut each letter out of coloured construction paper. The paper needs to be folded, with the fold either on the left edge or the top so that when it is cut out, it becomes a booklet. Cut extras of each letter for inside pages.
Bind the booklet with a staple or two that is placed along the fold line. Once you open up the booklet, you may need to open the stapler (so that it is flat) and staple through the cover and pages into a piece of cardboard. When you pull the booklet off the cardboard, the prongs of the staples will be sticking straight up, so just bend them closed with a pencil eraser. The kids can decorate the cover of each booklet with crayons, markers and rubber stamps before filling the inside pages with photos or photocopies.
A digital camera (even if it is your phone) makes it possible for your kids to go around the house and yard and snap pictures that represent various alphabet letters. You can delete the bad ones and need only print the ones that work, before attaching them into the appropriate booklet in order to create a summer project that is both educational and fun.