Summer Learning Is EveryWhere | 3 Tips to Keep it Fun + A Summer Reading List

July 11, 2019Autumn

We’re keeping summertime fun without forgetting about about summer learning as well. Often times parents and educators talk about the summer slump and that can definitely impact how kids go into the new school year. For our family, we bridge the gap by making sure we keep learning around us everywhere and in all that we do and also find ways to keep it fun, I mean it is summer after all.

How to keep summer learning fun

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In the summer my kids’ school send home a packet of summer work that they encourage the students to work through over the summer. The packets are packed with review work as well as work that challenges the kids to reach the next level in preparation for the new school year.

When we first started doing summer work with the kids it wasn’t so easy but through the years we have grown

Here are my 3 Ways to Keep Summer Learning Fun

3 Ways to Keep Summer Learning Fun

Get Outdoors

Learning is everywhere and we have the motto of active bodies keep an active mind. We packed our Summer Fun bucket list with activities that are outdoors so that we can explore as much as possible. When you get outdoors, the questions from the kids roll in but also just taking in your environment teaches them so much.

Living in New York City, there is so much to do and so much to learn from. Visiting local museums, art shows, and exhibits open up the kid’s minds to a world beyond what they see on the day to day and that’s how you keep summer learning fun.

Summer Workbooks

Summer learning with Highlights #highlightsworkbook
*These books were gifted by Highlights*

Grab workbooks with bright fun colors to attract your little one’s attention. Some of these workbooks offer reward stickers and you can take them anywhere you go, including long road trips; we like to use these books we received from Highlights. The Summer Big Fun Workbooks help her work on her skills a little each day and at the right level!  These books have rewards and even an award certificate at the end so she feels like we’re working towards a goal and that helps her have fun doing work.


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These books boost fun and creative ways to complete short assignments, while also being great tools to help your kids learn at home! My son who is heading to fourth grade also uses workbooks but because he’s a little older I also challenge him in other ways including fast facts, book summaries, and science research!

Reading Daily 

Visit your local library and check out new books! One of the ways we’ve dug into our local library is by exploring the geography section and learning about different areas of the world. This has been helping the kids go anywhere in the world by just reading and exploring the words on the page.

My kids love to learn about new cultures, foods, places, and things and this offers up conversations about world issues and thus we are all learning.

Related: A Comprehensive Summer Reading List for 7-9-year-olds

Mini Kids Picks Summer Book List 

Emerging 4th Grader

  1. Megan McDonald. Judy Moody*
  2. Lewis Montgomery. The Case of the Stinky Socks*
  3. J.K Rowling. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 
  4. Gertrude Chandler Warner, The Boxcar Series
  5. Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce, Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
  6. My Weird School Series

Emerging 1st Grader

  1. I Like Me
  2. When I get Bigger
  3. Junie B, First Grade at Last 
  4. Benjamin & Tulip
  5. Gregory the Terrible Eater
  6. The Tiny Seed

Summer Reading 2019

Want to have a little fun challenge, try this summer reading bingo and have your kids explore different ways to get reading this year. 

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