There are many great places to visit in any city that will not only help your kids enjoy the summer break but also help them remember important information learned in school. Following are just a few ideas you might want to consider.
There are many types of museums to pick from, including nature museums, planetariums, art museums, history museums and science and technology museums. Many museums even offer special activities during the summer months. Look up museums in your area to find out what they offer and what age range they cater to. Check their exhibits so you know what to expect, then take off for a day of fun filled learning.
Zoos aren’t just for little kids who are still learning the names of different types of animals. Use a trip to the zoo to help first and second graders review what they have learned about animal classifications and habitats. Older children in third and fourth grade can review what they have learned about endangered animals and the importance of caring for our earth.
Parks and Beaches
Turn a trip to the local park or beach into an educational outing by challenging your kids to hunt for cool looking rocks and shells, and then looking up the names of these at home. In the process, your kids will review important information on geology, volcanoes and erosion. Alternatively, take a pair of binoculars and get a close look at the local wildlife.
Historical Places of Interest
Many cities have historical neighborhoods, places of worship and/or government buildings. Pay a visit to historical sites and talk about who built them, why there were built and other interesting facts. It’s a great way to help children remember social studies and history lessons from school.
Learning isn’t just something that happens in a classroom at certain times of the year – in face, it’s a stimulating activity that can be enjoyed year-round. Teach your kids to enjoy learning about the world around them by taking them to a variety of interesting, age appropriate spots over the course of the summer. In the process, you might be surprised to find that you will even learn a few new things yourself!