1. Head to a Museum. NYC is home to multiple museums that offer endless learning opportunities. Appreciate art at the MET, take in the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History, or hit up the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, which offers endless hands on activities for little learners.
2. Sign up for Play Date Connection! Not all learning comes from textbooks. Play Date Connection is a series of structured play dates. Children meet with educational consultants who facilitate play in their own homes with their own peers. Children learn appropriate social skills that they take with them to school and beyond, through adulthood. Play dates target skills including: Sharing, Cooperation, Listening, Following directions, Dealing with conflicts, Communication with others, Problem solving, Respect, Getting along with others, and Thinking before acting. Children have fun gaining these skills through various social & creative activities. Click for more information.
3. Head to the Baseball Field. Baseball games can be more then just a spectator sport. Have watching and rooting for your favorite team, but get your child involved with the “numbers” and boost your child’s math skills. Ask students to find different geometric shapes on the field (so great ones are diamonds, spheres, squares, and points or line segments). Another opportunity is to keep track of batting averages or stats on the scoreboard. Click for more ideas.
4. Join Reading Wizards Book Clubs! Immerse your child in the wonderful world of reading, while sneaking in some incredible fun. Limited reading skills are a major obstacle to succeed in any school. “Reading Wizards Book Clubs” meets weekly and our book selection is entertaining, educational and fun to read! Facilitated by one of our educational experts, children socialize and learn by participating together in a book related activity. The goal of “Reading Wizards Book Clubs” is to enhance children's experience with literature to develop a love of reading. Click for more information.
5. Plant a garden. Planting requires a great deal of math. Plan on a grid how much space each plant needs, measure how much water to give them (make sure to account for rain), measure the length of the plants and figure out how much they are growing each week. If you are planting fruits and vegetables, the lesson should continue in the kitchen, where you can cook and measuring out your ingredients. Click for more information.
Even though school will be out and your child won't be in the classroom, there is no excuse for not learning. Have fun and happy “schooling” this summer!