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 Stay Fresh this Summer

Stay Fresh this Summer

It’s pretty common for students to want to take the summer off when it comes to learning. Students, teachers, and parents are all aware of this. The students look forward to the break and the teachers just hope they retain everything they learned that year, particularly come Fall when they return. This has a lot to do with the fact that, by May or June, the kids and teachers are bound to be exhausted; especially in this different and ever-changing COVID-19 year.

A lot of schools and teaching staff try to solve this problem by implementing summer assignments like reading, book reports, or math packets. Although it’s a likely possibility that students will save these tasks for the last few weeks of summer, and [in that case] the point becomes moot. So how can we, as parents and guardians, make sure the knowledge stay fresh in our children’s minds so the fall transition back to school is much easier? There are a plethora of ways, and hopefully, you’ll read about some you might want to try here.

Find the fun in school

Students, as previously stated, appreciate the break from academics and the opportunity to forget about the pressures of school. However, the early years of a child’s life are the most important for laying the foundation. So the next best thing is to find the fun in school subjects – by working your brain in places you didn’t know you could.


There are endless amounts of computer games that challenge your brain while still being fun. In our technologically advanced society, kids today love to be online and play games. Websites like,, and offer exactly that. Math is everywhere, including in these fun online games. This will help your students’ minds stay fresh.


There is history all around us, wherever we are. No matter what city you’re in, you will be able to find something in your area that has a history. It might be a building, a family, or a monument. Do your research and then visit the spot, so when you get there, you can read what you found, and take it all in. Researching and reading will help your students’ minds stay fresh, and they will feel connected to where they live, too.


2 words: Home experiments. There is nothing more exciting as a kid than combining baking soda and vinegar to make a volcano. Understanding the science behind why this happens is a great way to insert learning into all the fun. You can also spend the night time finding and learning about the stars and constellations in the sky. Both these options are entertaining and fun.


If you can convince your child to do so, reading the news is the best way to combine current events and reading practice. However, if you can’t convince them (or if they’re too young) just focus on reading at least a few chapters of a book every day. If you’re looking to limit screen time as well, reading before bed is a great way to do so.


Journaling is a very good way to practice writing over the summer. It can be fun, especially on vacation, for your child to document everything they did that day. If you make sure they know that their journaling will stay private, they might even be inclined to write more.


Getting out of the house in any form will be brain food for your student. Whether it be to the local library, to the next town over, or a local lake, your student will learn and be stimulated. If they need to get a little energy out, you could also try hiking or visiting a nature trail. They can even practice doing the research themselves and picking the places they want to visit.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your child and their brain busy over summer break, these are just a few ways to do so. However, if your child is attending a summer camp, they will likely be getting a lot of this exposure during the day. This will make your job a lot easier, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do some of the mentioned activities, as well.

Additionally, if you want your child to be in a school/class-type setting during the summer, Miles Smart Tutoring can offer just that. Give us a call at (813)-328-3036 or visit