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Summer has always been the time when school winds down and kids have an open schedule for fun and play. Children learn a lot by exploring their surroundings freely, but it’s also best for a little structure, too.
After years of disruptions amid a global pandemic, parents everywhere want their children to enjoy their time off, but they’re also worried our education system’s cracks have widened, and their kids are at risk of falling through.
Here are four excellent ways your children can keep a smile on their faces while having productive summers.
1. Online Coding Classes
The best online summer coding programs for kids put video games at the centre of their lessons, so children learn and play at the same time. Kids as young as seven can learn real coding languages like Python while having so much fun that they don’t even realize they’re learning foundational math concepts like integers, vectors, and even trigonometry!
A computer science undergrad guiding your child in coding languages to create a video game they can play with friends and family is perhaps the most fun way to prepare for the technology and workforce of the future.
2. Guided Nature Walks
Exploring nature is one of the most tranquil and captivating things a person can do. From classic poets who promoted long walks to adventure seekers and health specialists, everyone feels better getting some exercise in nature.
It’s difficult to pin down exactly what lessons being in nature imparts, but people become more appreciative of the natural world as they become more familiar and knowledgeable with it. Children should explore beautiful parts of nature with friends and an adult guide to navigate and teach them about what they’re seeing.
From the plants and creatures in the smallest gardens to the largest forests, nature has so many things to teach! If you want an excuse to venture into unexplored regions, try foraging for mushrooms.
3. Ride a Bike
Is there a more classic childhood activity than riding a bike? Bicycles let riders freely explore their neighbourhoods because it’s easy to cover more ground than you ever could walking, but you don’t need fuel, insurance, or even a license.
Children get a sense of agency from controlling their bike, taking it where they want to go. After learning to ride responsibly and safely, they can learn about their neighbourhood by travelling through it on their own terms.
Their sense of geography and community will expand while their heart flutters and the wind flows through their hair.
Learning doesn’t have to be a choice between fun and practicality. It may be more accurate to think of summer as a time where learning is less rigid and formalized. If you try the three above activities, your child will absorb valuable lessons with a beaming smile on their face.