Take Advantage of Summer Free Time with These 5 Activities
Ah, sweet summertime: The sun is out, the kids are home from school, and of course, they are looking for some activities to keep them busy! At Lake Forrest Prep, we are an Orlando private school that is dedicated to keeping the minds and bodies of our students active during the school year, but we’ve also got some great ideas for the summer.
- Set a goal to finish an entire book series.
During the summer, students lose two months worth of reading skills. This can be easily avoided by working with your child to identify a book series and set a goal to complete it by the end of the summer. By reading a little every night, children are able to keep their reading skills sharp, and you are able to spend quality time with your child.
- Try a new sport.
If your child is interested in trying out for a new sports team in the new school year, the summer is a perfect time to gain some fundamental skills. It is also a great time for children to try out a variety of sports in order to learn more about which they are interested in.
- Attend summer camp.
Summer camp allows students to meet new friends and become more independent. The City of Orlando offers a number of summer camp options based on the interests of your child. Whether your child wants to spend time outside or become an expert pottery creator, there is a summer camp option for them.
- Start a garden.
Since the kids will be at home more often, this is the perfect opportunity to turn the backyard into an outdoor classroom! Children can learn more about plants and the earth, and they can even take what they grow in the garden and see how it can be used in the kitchen. If families maintain a garden each summer, this will quickly become an annual tradition that children look forward to.
- Host a lemonade stand.
A good, old-fashioned lemonade stand can still be a great idea for your child. Kids can sharpen their math skills, learn the value of a dollar, and eventually spend their earnings on something they will really enjoy. Kids can even diversify their offerings and sell other items like homemade granola bars or sweet treats.