5 Fun Ways to Keep Literacy Skills Sharp Over the Summer Break


Can you feel it in the air?  The days are getting longer, the pace is moving slower, (hopefully) the sun is starting to shine.  Very soon, if they haven”t already in your neighborhood, the school bells will be chiming their last before the Summer break begins.

Even as homeschoolers, my family adjusts our pace to the so-called “lazy” days of Summer.  However, like most of you, in the back of my mind lingers the question:  how can I help my kids retain all that they have learned during the school year?  What can I do to encourage my kids to keep their skills fresh and sharp over the Summer vacation?

For today”s Friday Five, I give you 5 fun ways to encourage your kids to practice their handwriting, reading, and comprehension skills over the Summer break.

5 Fun Ways to Practice Literacy Skills

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There is something satisfying about putting a few simple words together and creating an amazing poem. Have fun capturing a bit of your child’s creative thinking with two of our favorite poetry activities.

Name play activitiesPhoto by Amy Anderson

2. Name Play Activities for Young Writers

Here are a dozen playful ways to explore forming letters and name writing. Of course, if your child is not interested in his name right now, and would rather spell and write dinosaur or butterfly or Grammy, those are fun words to practice, too!

crosswordPhoto by K Elizabeth Fleck

3. Keep Language Arts Skills Fresh with Games

Seeking to keep our language arts skills fresh and ready for the school year ahead, I’ve been making sure that certain activities and grammar exercises have been a part of our summer time fun.  Perhaps a few of these will be a hit with your little scribes as well.

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4. Create a Letter Writing Kit for Your Kids

Writing letters is a wonderful way to maintain connections with family and friends. And, letter-writing provides meaningful reading and writing practice.

tellmeastorycardsPhoto by Amy Anderson

5. Taking Dictation:  Crafting Stories with Young Kids

Long before they can write their own stories, children are ready and eager to tell their own stories. It is wonderfully empowering for a child to see her words written down as a “real” story. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some paper and get started!

And, of course, there”s always my favorite way to work on literacy skills:  read, read, read!

How are you hoping to keep your child”s literacy skills sharp over the Summer break?

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. We love Madlibs and joke books for literacy practice and fun together. It’s quite a bit lazy, but sometimes we watch movies with the subtitles on – the kids can’t seem to help but read along. Graphic novels are great, too. Love your ideas, Kara!
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