This summer let’s beat statistics and encourage literacy with some fun books, activities, and a Summertime Reading Challenge.
The days are longer, the air is warmer, and the count down to the end of the school year has already begun.
My kiddos are excited you can just feel the energy shift from winter and spring blues to this energetic energy throughout the house. As a parent, I am both excited and nervous.
Excited because it is a break from the daily routine, whether I am schooling at home or they are going to a brick and mortar school it’s just nice to have fewer things to do each and every day.
Nervous because studies have shown children loose information they have retained during the school year over the break. The average child’s summer learning loss is in between 20-30% of knowledge gained during the school year.
Want more details and information on the latest study of summer reading loss check out this article from NWEA.
So, as a parent, what do we do about this? We don’t want to ruin their freedom of summer fun! However, we need to make sure that they don’t suffer when they go back to school in the fall.
It’s one of those situations. You know the ones, as parents we need to make education yet fun. Make them think it is all fun and games, all a while tricking them into learning.
For me and my family summertime is the perfect time to get out and explore. Whether it is going on a nature walk or studying the night sky, it is really up to them what they want to explore.
This is where I work in some education, learning and summertime reading. The best part my kids have no clue what I am really up to!
We started a garden this year, and the kids and I are loving it. They had so many questions. So I ordered some book to help answer all those questions and then some.
- Little Lift and Look Garden Perfect book for the little ones
- Gardening for Beginners Great for older kids
Then while out and about we found a telescope for sale and the kids have been begging to use it. However, this mama doesn’t know much about the night sky except hey look there is a star and the moon. It comes in another book that they can’t put down.
Jane has also been really into storytelling lately! Anyone else has a youngster who has a creative imagination in storytelling? Encourage them to write! For them, it is not a chore it is a reward to put their thoughts on paper!
Write Your Own Story Box– Perfect for creative storytellers. Includes Creative Writing Book, Write Your Own Storybook, and Writing Journal. Loaded with tips and prompts for writing stories, poems, and essays!
We also just moved back to Colorado and let me tell you there is so much to explore outdoors, and I can’t wait to learn new things with my kiddos!
- Look Inside Nature Loaded with pictures and facts for any kid who loves nature
- 1,000 Things in Nature A great picture book with names of things you see in nature
- Outdoor Book Loaded with facts and pictures of all things outdoors
- Nature Journal a great way to encourage writing and adventure!
And who would I be if I did not mention learning to cook! The kitchen is one of the most fun places in our house not just to me but to my kiddos. We cook, we dance, we make messes and memories! Now Jane is ready to try on her own… makes mommy little worries but with the right guidance she will do great!
Start to Cook Great For Kids that want to learn the how to cook
Besides books, we also have some fun activities planned. A trip to an Art Museum, the zoo, possibly the aquarium, and a few other hysterical monuments around Denver and Colorado Springs!
How do you plan on adding some education to your kids summer?
Summertime Kids Reading Challenge
Are your kids going to read this summer? Why not make it fun?! Join the Little Lulu’s Book Club Summer Reading Challenge.
All they have to to do is read, log what they have read, and start decorating and stacking up their Ice Cream Cone!
All details for the challenge including age break down and rules are on Little Lulu’s Book Club Private FB Group!
I also want to make clear even though I am a book lady with Usborne books I will be discussing more books NOT affiliated with them that my kids love! I am an all-around lover of books, not just one brand. I honestly find most of the books I have fallen in love with for free at the local library, then I usually buy them Hahaha! So this is not an I want to sell you something. This is a let’s help each other encourage literacy in our children!
Challenge starts June 17th 2019 and ends August 11th 2019!! Yes an 8 week challenge!
Stay up to date by joining the Little Lulu’s VIP Book Club Facebook Group or Follow Little Lulu’s Book Club on Instagram. Here I share books for both mamas and kiddos. Plus there may even be a few prizes given away at the end of the challenge.
The more kids we get to participate in the more fun and challenging it will be all the kids. So spread the word and encourage some literacy! This is the time of the year they get to pick what to read go on adventures form the safety of their own living room!!
If you are looking for more great book picks for both mom and kiddos make sure you check out the monthly lit lists.
Looking forward to seeing how you incorporate education into some summer fun!!