Kids need downtime in the summer. They need time to explore and discover and play. But we also don't want them to lose their academic skills!
One solution is a summer learning journal. Kids can write (or draw) a sentence or two about what they did and learned each day of the summer. It's a diary for them to remember all of the fun they had, while at the same time helping them keep their writing skills sharp.
They can write about:-a fun activity they did
-something new they tried
-what books they read
-ideas they have
-a great word they heard or saw
-somewhere they visited
Here's a free printable summer journal page (from one of my summer learning packs).
As long as it's engaging and student-centered, the kids are going to be motivated to complete it!
Happy (Summer) Teaching!!