Every year kids head off for summer break, and every year parents worry about how to keep the kids engaged, out of their hair and out of trouble.
Unfortunately many teachers know that they have a battle to wage when the kids emerge from summer break, it is called summer learning loss or summer brain drain - and it's the reality that key skills learned just months earlier have slipped away during break.
For those parents and caregivers, looking for ideas on engaging their kids this summer, Gina Gallo, Youth Success Manager at United Way, has assembled a pretty hearty group of resources for you to use.
Summer Fun and Learning Resources for Parents and Kids
- Ideas to prevent "summer brain drain" from Oxford Learning
- Common Sense Media’s “Virtual Camp”
- Summer reading tips for parents
- Outdoor summer learning ideas
- Free academic resources for loads of subjects
- Do the Summer Countdown!
- Summer learning ideas from a teacher
- Local summer learning ideas from the Citizen-Times
- The Artful Parent has great summer art ideas
- Mom approved books for kids of all ages
- Local nonprofit, Kids Voting, has a "Civic Engagement" toolsheet to use with your kids.
And no list would be complete without Volunteer Opportunities for youth and families which have been listed on the Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Web site. Volunteering with your kids is a great opportunity to foster kindness and compassion and also expose your child to new experiences and even career ideas!