Summer break is an exciting time for kids to relax, have fun, and explore new adventures. However, it’s important to remember that taking a break from school doesn’t mean we should take a break from learning altogether. Studies have shown that children can lose valuable knowledge and skills during the summer months if they don’t actively engage in learning activities. To help prevent summer learning loss, here are ten simple and enjoyable ways for kids to keep their minds sharp and active during the summer break.
Visit the Local Library:
The library is a treasure trove of knowledge and adventure! Make it a habit to visit the library regularly. Explore a variety of books, magazines, and educational resources. Choose books that spark your interest and allow your imagination to soar. Reading improves vocabulary and comprehension skills and keeps your brain active and engaged.
Create a Summer Reading List:
Challenge yourself to read a certain number of books during the summer break. Make a list of interesting titles or ask for recommendations from friends, family, or your teacher. Set aside dedicated reading time daily to dive into different worlds and learn about new topics.
Join a Summer Camp:
Summer camps offer a fantastic opportunity to learn and have fun with other kids with similar interests. Look for camps focusing on subjects you enjoy, such as science, art, sports, or technology. These camps often provide hands-on activities and interactive experiences, making learning enjoyable and memorable.
Embrace Educational Apps and Websites:
Technology can be a helpful tool for learning during the summer. Explore educational apps and websites that offer interactive games and activities related to various subjects like math, science, and language arts. These resources make learning feel like play, allowing you to strengthen your skills while having fun.
Keep a Journal:
Maintaining a journal is a great way to document your summer experiences while improving writing skills. Write about daily adventures, vacations, thoughts, and ideas. Practice using new words, describing events, and expressing your emotions. You’ll become a better writer and have a wonderful keepsake to cherish in the future.
Explore Science and Nature:
The summer season provides numerous opportunities to explore the wonders of science and nature. Observe the plants, insects, and animals around you. Visit local parks, nature trails, or botanical gardens to learn about the environment. Conduct simple science experiments at home using household items, and see firsthand how science works around you.
Plan Field Trips:
Organize field trips with family and friends to museums, historical sites, or cultural events in your community. These outings expose you to new experiences and help you develop a broader world perspective. While having fun, you’ll also learn about history, art, culture, and other exciting topics.
Start a Hobby:
Use the summer break to explore a hobby that interests you. It could be playing a musical instrument, painting, cooking, gardening, or any other activity that sparks your creativity and curiosity. Hobbies provide opportunities for learning, problem-solving, and self-expression, helping you develop new skills and discover hidden talents.
Engage with your family and friends in educational board games, puzzles, or brain-teasers. These games challenge your critical thinking, problem-solving, and strategizing abilities while having a blast. You can also create educational games or quiz competitions to share with others.
Stay Curious and Ask Questions:
One of the best ways to prevent summer learning loss is by staying curious and asking questions about the world around you. Be inquisitive and seek answers through books, the internet, or discussions with knowledgeable individuals. Remember, learning is a lifelong journey; every question you ask is an opportunity to expand your knowledge.
Summer break should be a time of fun and relaxation, but that doesn’t mean we should neglect our intellectual growth. By incorporating these ten simple strategies into your summer routine, you can prevent learning loss and discover new passions and interests. Remember, learning can be enjoyable and exciting, so make the most of your summer by keeping your mind active and engaged.
My family exposed me to money at an early age. As a four-year-old, my older brother Linsey, introduced me to counting money. Linsey is eleven years my senior, so he was my mentor along with being my sibling.
After learning how to write in cursive, my mother gave me the task of filling out checks to pay our household utility bills. After completing the task, my mom would sign the check.
This taught me valuable lessons. As a nine-year-old, I was familiar with how much my family paid for water, electricity, telephone, and cable services. As a result, I was conscious of turning off lights when I left a room and how much water I used when taking a bath. Once I started paying bills on my own, it was second nature to pay them in a timely manner.
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During the summers of my middle and high school years, Linsey and his wife, Michelle, invited me to stay with them for two to three weeks. During these times, they exposed me to money topics such as the stock market, interest rates, and credit through games and role plays. They also owned and operated a business and it was my job to assist and learn what it took to be an entrepreneur.
Passing It On
When my son, Cory, was fifteen months, he saw a quarter on the table and tossed it in the air. He was amazed at the sound it made once it hit the floor. He seemed interested in the quarter and I decided it was time to show him a piggy bank.
My purpose was to let him touch, feel, and play with coins. Because Cory was fifteen months at this time, I stayed close to him. I did not want him to put the money in his mouth. He carefully took pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters out of the plastic bag and put them in the piggy bank. He was pleased with the clanging sound made as the coins hit the bottom of the piggy bank.
Cory and I have explored various financial literacy topics since his first encounter with the quarter as a fifteen month old. These topics range from money recognition and saving to real estate investing and business. He has been exposed to this topic through games and playful activities. For example, we discussed real estate investing by using Play-Doh, paper, and pencil.
We have also discussed the purpose of car insurance by using his toy cars. My son and I spend a lot of time in the car going to the grocery store, playdates, church, library, etc. Cory was curious about what happens if I hit a car. This led to a discussion about car accidents, police officers, and car insurance while we had a treat at Dunkin Donuts. We went home and defined terms such as liability and collision insurance by playing and crashing toy cars.
Watch the video below to learn how to teach children the financial literacy words, Assets, Liabilities, and Transactions by simply playing Monopoly.
Below are questions many parents have about teaching kids financial literacy…
How do you teach kids about finances?
Exposing children to lessons in finance does not have to be dry and boring. In fact, as adults we deal with money almost on a daily basis. You can include your child in some of those real world experiences, like my parents did, by having them pay for their own item at the store or helping you pay bills.
Another idea is to use your child’s toys to explain financial concepts similar to how we used toy cars to explain car insurance.
With over 30 years of combined experience in teaching financial literacy, Linsey and I have written a book called, Teach Your Child About Money Through Play.There are over 110 games/activities, tips, and resources on how to teach kids financial literacy at an early age. The activities include materials and toys that you already have in your home. They also include fun field trips that create a hands-on approach and a supplement to your child’s learning.
It will help you take the guessing game out of how to expose kids to money topics and concepts.
What is taught in financial literacy?
In the book, Teach Your Child About Money Through Play, we address money topics such as the history of money, various ways people earn it, and how it is used. You will learn fun ways to teach your child about budgeting, basic banking, the difference between liabilities and assets, and debt.
We also teach you how to use items in your home, such as toys and clothing, to introduce your child to real estate investing, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Learn to use household items to create fun scenarios and role plays so your child will have an understanding of these subjects.
If you have a child who has a lot of ideas or has a desire to earn money, starting a business may be appealing to them. You will receive a step-by-step guide on how your child can be an entrepreneur. Even if your child is not interested in business, it is great to expose them to this subject to encourage them to act on their ideas.
How did you decide on these financial literacy topics?
It was important for Linsey and I to teach children the history of money, how it is used, how to earn it, and making it grow. The purpose of this book is for children to have a basic understanding of money since they will manage it in their future. We included games and activities so you will know how to present the information in a relaxed and fun manner.
These financial literacy topics were based on Linsey’s and my teaching experience. I have experience in creating curricula and hiring over 25 teachers to expose kids to real estate investing, the stock market, budgeting, saving, etc. In previous jobs, I helped kids start businesses where they made money.
Linsey is the financial expert in our family and has 27 years experience in financial services and teaching kids about money. He and my parents were my first teachers on financial topics. Linsey is a former bank manager, stock broker, tax strategist, health insurance specialist, licensed in life property and casualty insurance, investor, and recipient of the US Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year.
This why I asked him to co-write the book with me. I trust his judgement especially when it comes to financial topics. He approved the topics and content in the book.
Why is financial literacy important for youth?
Once a child becomes an adult, handling money becomes inevitable. They will need money for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, etc. People who are good managers of money will receive more of it and have a better chance of building wealth for their family now and in the future generations. Furthermore, they can be generous givers to others in need.
Good money managers who encounter a financial burden like a big medical bill or car repair view these situations as inconveniences instead of emergencies. They have the money in place to pay for these things.
It is best to make the process of learning financial literacy easier for children by exposing them to money topics while they are young. Teach Your Child About Money Through Play shows parents and teachers how to accomplish this with resources they use daily.
Let’s get our children a financial head start and strive to reduce the number one stress in our society today, money.
The Book’s Mission
Linsey and I have made it our mission to expose children to money topics in a fun way. With over 30 years of combined experience in teaching youth financial literacy, we give you a first-hand view of how to make money a conversation that is fun, natural, and interesting!
This is a great tool for parents and educators of children ages 4-10!
This book provides the following and so much more…
How to use real-world experiences to expose kids to financial literacy
Fun activities to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to money recognition.
How money is used in our society now and in the past.
Various ways that people earn money
Important lessons in budgeting money
The basics of banking
The difference between a liability and asset
Various types of debt and how it is used
How people invest in Real Estate
How people invest in the stock market, bonds, and mutual funds
Starting and operating a business
Kid Business Ideas
The purpose of having insurance
Here is What Others are Saying About the Book
I love that this book gives children an understanding of money and finances. Not only does it delve into ideas that make money, but it teaches the facts of money; its purpose, how to use money as a tool to grow in all areas of our lives and other vehicles that help accumulate financial growth.