The long break from school can cause summer learning loss, but we can do something to keep our children’s minds active. When we take our children on summer trips, we can continue their education with motivating activities. They can even learn new things that will be beneficial when school starts in the fall. We can plan our family summer trips with learning in mind.
Activities that are child driven work better than those directed by parents. Keep in mind your children’s interests and what they have learned during this school year. It doesn’t matter whether you travel to another country or close to home, whether you stay in a five star hotel or camp, your child can learn during your family vacation.
Some Examples of Learning While on a Trip:
- Writing and Art – Keep a travel journal or scrapbook during your trip. Your son can write about where you visited, add photos, draw pictures, or include brochures and postcards.
- Math and Geography– Map out your trip. Add up the mileage to the location from your home. Ask your daughter to locate stops along the way and determine the distance. Pinpoint large cities, national parks, and other areas that are nearby.
- Reading – Bring along books that feature your area of travel or buy books about local legends.
- Science – Allow your daughter to collect shells, rocks, soil, leaves during your trip. Learn about the animals, weather and fish for example. Go on a hike, take a glass bottom boat ride and keep track of the temperature.
- Music – Listen to the local radio stations to see if the music is different from where you live. Take in a concert with your children.
- Language – How exciting if you travel where a new language is spoken! Consider using Rosetta Stone or another foreign language program before your trip. Bring along a phrase book, listen to local TV and radio, and model speaking the new language in front of your child.
- Culture – Enrich your children’s lives by immersing them in a new culture during a trip. Try new food, learn about the history and spend time with the people from the area instead of tourists.
More than 88 percent of students who traveled before the age of 18 receive a college degree, according to a recent survey endorsed by the Student Youth & Travel Association. Children who travel during the summer are inclined to learn and avoid the summer slump.
Connie Roberts is a professional blogger who makes it her mission to advocate for people with medical issues. Travel with a disability is not a struggle, but an opportunity to see the world and let others see that it’s possible and a lot of fun. Tweet with her @ConnieFoggles.