It is very important to keep your children learning and that educational mode during the summer months. It is not necessary to set up type of formal learning environment, but it is important for you to make sure they are properly stimulated. There are many tools at your disposal that you can use to help keep your child educationally fresh during the summer months. There are many software programs and games that are excellent tools for supplementing your child's education at home. Educational software can keep your child fresh, engaged and productive. It is also an excellent way to keep your child out of your hair and busy when they have nothing else planned for a span of time. Educational games are an easy way to keep your child busy, and away from recreational video games that have no educational value. Often these games have a multiplayer option, so you can even encourage interactive play with friends and siblings to make the activity more appealing.
Trips to local museums, parks and historical attractions are another great way to keep education alive in the summer months. Take a little time to become the tour guide and learn about the attraction before you visit, this way you can point things of importance out and even create a useful follow up activity. Creating your own summer reading program is another way that you can infuse education into your child's summer. Assist your child in selecting books that are age appropriate and have them work towards earning a prize for completing multiple books. Set it up similar to a school reading contests.
Start your child on learning an instrument. Have them select a certain time of day to practice their new instrument and look for a local source of lessons. It is a great way to get them started on an instrument to play in the school band.