Summer is usually a time for fun vacations, trips to the beach or lazy days in your backyard. As a result, there isn’t a lot of education going on during this time. For children with special needs, this can put them at a disadvantage when the new school year begins. Some children will qualify for Extended School Year (ESY). For those who didn’t, like my son, there a few projects parent’s can give their children to keep up with their educational skills.
Since my son is going into 5th grade, he gets to pick out a chapter book to write his report on. Allowing my son to choose whatever book he wants really helps with his attitude toward the assignment. If he likes the book, then he’s eager to write about what he read. Every time he reads a chapter, he has to write two paragraphs on what it was about. The good thing about this project is that it lets me know whether he understood what he read. Not only do I look at the content, but I also review the spacing and penmanship. When he’s finished, we review it together so that he learns from whatever mistakes he’s made. I’m sure he’ll be writing a lot of book reports in fIfth grade, so this project will help keep his skills intact.
Another fun project is to give your child a camera and have them take their own pictures at whatever event or family trip they are on. After you print them out, have your child write about each picture. Place each photo on the top portion of lined paper, so that your child can use the bottom portion to write about each experience. Place each sheet of paper in a transparent sleeve….creating a book of memories your child can look back on when summer is over. My son loves this project because he can relive that special moment in time all over again. Not only is this project fun, but it helps with their writing skills.
Last but not least, a creative writing project. This is the hardest thing for my son to do!!! My son is a visual learner and has always had problems using his imagination. This is my son’s least favorite project because the concept is too abstract for him. This project helps address his inability to think outside the box. If he’s struggling, I’ll give him a few ideas. After that, he has to come with the content on his own. Sometimes the story turns out funny, so we laugh about it when he’s done. My son always gets big high fives when he completes this project because it’s so hard for him.
These are just a few ideas for summer educational projects. If you have read this and would like to add one of your own, please feel free to respond in the comment section. We’re always open to new ideas or suggestions from anyone in the community!