The worst thing for a student can be summer vacations. The last thing on their minds is to keep up on what they learned throughout the previous school year. They want fun, freedom, excitement. None of these are often used by students to describe learning or school. However, it is important to their continued mental development that they maintain their level of understanding from school year to school year. Too much time is lost at the beginning of each school year trying to catch back up. This slipping backward can be avoided by doing simple skills every day during summer vacation.
Math students should continue to work on math problems throughout the summer. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division can be done easily without pen or paper. A trip to the store or gas station can be a quick quiz for most elementary math students if a motivated parent or sibling is willing to ask them questions. Fun and entertaining math problems can be found online as well that can engage a student's mind and keep the cobwebs from murkying up the brain. While traveling on a family trip books can be purchased or checked out from the local library to keep the inquisitive minds working through math problems and keeping them at a high level of performance.
The same can be done for reading, science, history, and just about any other school subject you wish your child to maintain throughout the summer months. There is always time to work in a some reading, whether it be specific topic or just fun reading to engage the imagination of the mind. Ten minutes a day should be enough for your child to maintain his or her proficiency levels with reading, comprehension, and dissemination. Reading a good book for leisure is also a way to keep the child from losing interest in reading itself, which can cause a mountain of other problems later on with school work.
Remember to spend time everyday during summer to work out math and reading thus avoiding the dreaded return to school and having to play catch up. Less than 30 minutes a day can go a long way at maintaining your child's current level of reading and math skills. There are also a lot of fun and inexpensive ways to achieve this goal. You do not have to spend money to send your child to a tutor nor to a reading, math, or science camp (unless you want too). Enjoy your summer while maintaining your smarts, it will be your best investment.