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5 Helpful Tips To Make Online Learning Fun This Summer

5 Helpful Tips To Make Online Learning Fun This Summer

Keep kids learning all summer long with these helpful online learning tips!

Studies have shown that students exhibit an academic regression, known as the “summer slide”, during the summer months when they’re not in school. More so this year, since many of our kids have been distance learning.  Learning isn’t over once school’s out so it’s important that we start thinking about how we can engage our little ones in learning this summer. One way you can easily keep the learning going throughout the summer is with online learning. It’s no secret that today’s kids love technology, so why not engage them in something they enjoy. When you make summer learning fun, the kids won’t even realize you’re helping them prepare for the coming school year!

1. Attend Virtual Summer Camp

Help your kids catch up or get ahead by attending an online summer camp. Ok, so maybe it won’t be the idyllic canoeing-on-the-lake kind of summer camp you envisioned for your kids but a virtual summer camp can still offer many of the same things that a traditional summer camp does. By learning online, your kids can still make new friends, learn cool new things, and improve their academic skills. Some online summer camps can even have a bit of an edge over in-person camp because they may include go-at-your-own pace lessons and activities, one-on-one meetings with virtual camp counselors, they’re typically less expensive than in-person camps, and can be tailored to your kid’s specific interests. For example, my own son attends Minecraft Summer Camp online every year and absolutely loves it!

2. Get kids reading any way you can — even online!

Reading doesn’t always have to be done the traditional way. Nowadays there are so many great online resources to help kids read. Download an e-book or a fun kids reading app. YouTube videos are also a great way to find fun read-alouds you can enjoy together. On my blog, I recently shared a list of the best YouTube channels for kids, including storytime videos 

Check it out! Plus, books online, kids reading apps and storytime videos can really come in handy when you’re away from home this summer — perfect for use during a summer road trip. 

3. Teach your kids to play chess online

Chess trains your brain to think critically — like a scientist, or engineer — and to problem solve like a mathematician. Don’t know how to play Chess? A simple Google search will turn up some great starting points. It’s easy for you and the kids to learn to play Chess online and challenge each other. There are many online Chess sites that offer kid-friendly features and playing tools that will help the kids practice their strategy and participate in online tournaments too. Once you both learn the game you can even invest in a real Chessboard of your own. Check out Zulily’s Toy and Game Shop to make your Chessboard purchase. 

4. Learn with movies

Stream your favorite movie and make it an online learning experience! After watching a movie together, go beyond the usual “Did you like the movie?” type questions and talk about the movie’s theme, characters, plot, and ending. Discuss the characters and ask your kids why they think a certain character chose a certain action or think about what the characters could have done differently to reach a better outcome. For added summer learning fun, challenge the kids to come up with an alternate movie ending. Maybe even act it out! The Find by Zulily has some great tips on how you can host your own backyard movie night this summer.

3. Fuel your kids’ passions, online

Whether it’s art, music, science, or coding, you’re sure to find some great ways to tap into your kid’s interests with online learning. Listen to an interesting podcast or use a fun website to create your own music or artwork. Sign your kids up for an online coding class or take a virtual field trip if they’re into travel and adventuring. Our kids love using technology, so why not help them use tech to fuel their passions this summer! 

The online learning possibilities are endless and when you sneak in education into fun activities that your kids enjoy, you’ll keep them learning all summer long!

About The Author

Monica Encarnacion

Monica Encarnacion is a digital parenting writer and consultant for top online publications, including Common Sense Media, where she shares expert reviews of bilingual books and apps for kids. As a passionate content creator, she’s worked with brands such as VTech, ClassDojo, Microsoft, Verizon, and Lego Education. A NYC native, she writes about her family’s digital lifestyle and love of travel on her blog, NYCTechMommy. A former bilingual educator and technology teacher, Monica is passionate about identifying resources that promote learning and help kids (and families) make connections with the world beyond the classroom.

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