Summertime and Learning is Easy!
Summer is a wonderful time for families to have fun together. Your child will learn new skills and concepts as you play together this summer. Children learn best through play and interacting with others, so make yourself the perfect learning partner for your child as he plays his way to learning new skills. Use your child’s natural curiosity and love of exploring to make him excited about ordinary routines as well as new adventures or trips you take. This all adds up to a fun, exciting summer filled with learning.
Find activities and resources specifically for your child’s age and stage of development. The Office of Early Learning’s Florida Learning and Developmental Standards page for families lets you choose an activity that fits the daily routine or exciting new adventure to plan with your child today. Find a book, an activity, an app, a video or a new website to explore with your child that supports one of the standards she needs to learn or practice. Select your child’s age and find all of the resources you need to help her learn throughout the summer.
If your child will be attending kindergarten in the fall, check out the resources on the Transition to Kindergarten page.
Look at bugs, play with sand and water, and explore local parks or your own back yard with your child! While exploring, use the animals, birds and plants you see to talk about the ways living things are alike and different. Talk about the importance of non-living things in our world like the sun, water, air, clouds, wind and rain.
- Where Can We Explore Nature? Everywhere!
- 6 Reasons Children Need to Play Outside
- Gardening with Kids
- Tuning Out to Tune In: How Time Outside Can Improve Readiness to Learn Inside
- Mud: Explore and Learn
- Play in a Puddle on a Rainy Day
Since learning takes place as children play, spend a lot of time during the summer playing with your child. Find different types of play to keep him engaged and keep it interesting for you as well.
- Just Play with Me: What Research Tells Us About Playing More Confidently with Our Children
- First Teacher Books
- Vroom - Tips to make anytime learning time
- Center for Early Literacy Learning - Guides for Parents
- 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play
- How Play Connects to Learning
- 10 Prop Box Ideas: Mini Learning Centers at Home
- Power of Play: Building Skills and Having Fun
- What is Play? The Lifelong Benefits of Play
- PBS Parent Resources to Help You Find Ways to Play and Learn
Summer is a great time to get your child to try new foods by cooking together. Talk about the different types of food you use in recipes and let your child choose which foods she may like to try when you are shopping. Lots of math skills are involved in cooking such as measuring, learning shapes and sizes, comparing and counting. Many science skills can be learned through cooking, such as classifying, identifying fruits, vegetables and meats, learning how temperatures affect foods, and learning about germs and food safety.
- Nutrition and Fitness Ideas for Parents
- Recipes & Cooking for Kids
- Cooking with Preschool Children
- Children Learn So Much From Cooking!
- Cooking with Kids
- PBS Kids Measure Up! App
- Make a Letter Lunch Menu and Cook It Together
- Play Pretend: Encouraging Your Little Chef
- Choose My Plate Activities for Families
- Cooking Together with Young Children
- PBS Parents: Picnic Recipes
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
You can teach your child about staying healthy and safe during the summer through games, movies, experiments and activities.