Here are some easy ways to help kids keep learning when school’s not in session.

## Learning activities for the summer before 4th grade

Your child was exposed to new and challenging books, poetry, and articles this year, and learned many new words. The more words your child can learn, the stronger their language skills will be. The best way to grow your child’s vocabulary? Read as much as possible. Read aloud to your child as often as you can, and choose challenging books or articles that have new words to learn. Have your child read every day this summer, both aloud to you and quietly to themself. Visit the library weekly for a stack of new books to inspire your child to keep adding to their growing collection of new words.

3. ### Become an expert

Putting together a piece of furniture? Let your child help you follow the diagram. Did your family get a new device or board game? Have your child read the directions, become the expert, and teach the rest of the family.

5. ### Game night

Card games are a fun way to practice math skills. To play Multiplication War, start by removing the face cards from the deck. The Ace represents 1. Deal the cards evenly between yourself and your child. Both players then place one card face up. In regular War, the player with the highest-number card wins the hand and keeps the two cards; at the end of the game, the player who has the most cards wins. In Multiplication War, whoever shouts out the product of the two numbers multiplied together wins the hand and gets the two cards. For example, if you put down a three and your child puts down a six, the player who calls out 18 first wins the hand. Start out slowly and give your child time to come up with the answer before you call it out. As your child begins to learn higher math facts, you can add the face cards back into the deck, first with all face cards representing 10, and later with the jack representing 11, the queen representing 12, and the king representing 13.

6. ### Get sweaty

Vigorous exercise is critical for your child’s brain development. It can be as serious or as silly as your child wants. Playing soccer on a team is great. So is their own made-up triathlon of Frisbee, hula hooping, and freeze-dancing. The important thing is for your child to get sweaty for at least 30 minutes every day. Check out these age-appropriate PE challenges for ideas.