- Make a blanket fort (Future City) and create your own country with its own government, currency, economy, laws, cuisine, transportation, and schools
- Read cookbooks and do some cooking and baking
- Read the directions for a new board game and have hours of fun
- Plan a fantastic fantasy vacation and send for travel brochures, maps, train routes and restaurants menus
- Do research on your favorite animal and visit the zoo
- Study art or handicraft books and try your hand at crafting and painting
- Go to the library and get books on outdoor adventures and camp-out in the living-room learning about bushcraft
- Do research on the flora and fauna in your area and do a nature survey of different species in your neighborhood
- Read books on photography and use different types of digitalis cameras to create Animoto slide shoes
- Read books on movie making and shot a narrative, comedy or documentary and share on youtube
- Play the Legendary Land Reading Game
- Please add your own ideas in the comments
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Sneaking In A Smarter Summer
By Former U.S. Education Secretary Richard W. Riley
No more teachers' crazy looks!"
Are your kids looking forward to summer vacation? Great! But don't toss out those books and pencils yet -"summer fun" doesn't have to mean "dumber fun"! Exercising kids' brain muscles all summer brings big benefits in the fall. And not exercising them can mean a loss of hard-earned skills.
A wise parent or caregiver can sneak a lot of learning into those lazy, hazy days. The good news is you don't need a lot of extra time or cash to give your kids a smarter summer. The trick is to make a game out of learning every day. Here are a few ideas: Challenge younger children to find letters of the alphabet on everyday items like street signs, cereal boxes, or newspapers. By asking "How many A's can you find?" you also exercise counting skills. Have an older child practice math by using grocery coupons to calculate the final price of items on your list. Challenge the child to guess the weight of produce before reading the scale, and to compute the correct change at the checkout. Any daily reading, yes, even comic books, is good for your child's brain. A librarian can help your child select books on any topic-baseball or butterflies, horses or hurricanes. The secret is for the child to choose the subject, so that it doesn't feel like homework and he or she is truly reading for pleasure. Writing weekly letters to a pen pal or distant friend won't feel like schoolwork, especially if the contents are strictly private! And older kids won't care that crossword puzzles boost spelling and vocabulary, if you make it a game while traveling or cooking dinner. Have kids "paint" their names with water on a hot sidewalk, then watch the letters disappear! To sneak in some science, have kids guess how long it takes for wet footprints to evaporate, then time it. Challenge them to guess the melting time of ice cubes. Drop items in a pail of water to see if they sink or float. Have children record all guesses and results, and reward the "players" with frozen treats. For more sly science fun, find two similar, healthy plants. Have your child water one, but not the other, for a week or two, and observe daily. Make a leaf tattoo by gently clipping a small paper shape onto a large leaf. Remove the shape after a week. Discuss the results and have the child write it up to share the experiment with family members. Help your child make his or her own storybook. Make funny drawings, or glue photos of family members onto silly magazine pictures. A younger child can dictate the story; older children can write it themselves. Let creativity rule! America Reads, at the U.S. Department of Education, is giving away a free, colorful poster with PBS TV star Arthur on the front, and fun reading and writing activities on the back. When the activities are finished at summer's end, the child receives a certificate of accomplishment. Now that's a summer celebration!
Once you banish the boredom of "dumber summers", you'll be sneaking in the most valuable lesson of all-never take a vacation from learning!
To make this a bright and brainy summer, call (877) 4ED-PUBS and order your child's free Arthur Activity Poster in English or Spanish. For more activities, ask for free brochures, called Summer Home Learning Recipes, to suit your children's ages. (To order materials online, go to www.ed.gov/pubs/.) For more guidance on reading and other learning subjects, call (800) USA-LEARN, or go to the America Reads Web site atwww.ed.gov/americareads/.
Summer Reading Pledge
It is time for me to get into reading gear,
Because summertime is very near.
Reading is always fun,
Whether I do it in the shade or in the sun!
It is very groovy to read,
And 60 minutes each day is about what I need.
The library is where I can borrow books for free,
And I will find one that is near me.
I will learn a new word each day,
But I will still find time to play.
I will read a book to a family member and to a friend,
Before the summer comes to an end.
And when it is time to go back to school,
I will already know that books are cool!
Reading plays a very important role in one’s life and this is a well-known fact. Nothing can be that exciting will be the retort of many children!. Why do we always talk about the importance of reading in our lives? If you want to know, read this short reason why it is important.
What is the best way to spend summer free time? There can be so many different answers to this question. That depends on the preferences of a person. If you are lively and active, you may spend time outdoors or doing sports, if you are sociable, you may enjoy holding a party and communicating with various interesting celebrities. Some of us get so tired of the noise than wait till a nice evening to tackle in and read a nice book to relax or to learn something new or to get to the new world of wonders and travel in it, forgetting about the reality.
But these are only some of us. What about those, who detest even the appearance of the book and assure that they are allergic to its smell? There are a lot of other ways to get educated and to entertain oneself, but nothing can substitute reading. If you give it a real try, it can be a fun adventure. For instance, it is very useful to read books to little children, almost infants, that way they get used to your voice and the manner of talking and you’ll practice and read whatever is interesting to you. Some of the dislikes are closely connected with the not carefully planned school program in literature. Sometimes we can see such books there that should not be read by students of such age. I’m quite sure that it is useless for a fifth grader to read Kafka’s “Plague” and same, study “Odyssey” during the first college year. What the system needs is a careful planning. Here everything has to be taken into consideration; starting from the reports at the seminars and finishing with the careful examination of the last literature essay. Of course, sometimes it may be easy to find something else to do than to read a boring book, but this is what makes you educated and intelligent in eyes of others.
It will be very ungrateful of us to ignore the inheritage we have. I mean thousands, millions of masterpieces waiting to be taken and read at once and than discussed in a close circle of friends. But one has to be really picky about what to read. Just like with movies, there are some books that can’t be read at certain age and certain life orientations. I guess, it is unnecessary to present the examples, because they are numerous. Serious matters read at a young age influence the process of building of a personality greatly. It is certain that a book about zombieology in hands of a teenager will do no good. There is no need to forbid sales of such books, it’s impossible. What we really have to do is to create an attentive, grateful and interested reader, by bringing him up with the help of necessary literature. Reading different books of different styles widens our outlook and gives more opportunities to make a success. An intelligent phrase that you’ve read up in some good book, thrown by you during a heated argument, will definitely make the odds even. So read with pleasure and enjoy what you’re doing!