How was your summer? I hope you had a great time whether you traveled or stayed home, whether you had the kids at home or they were at camp/ daycare. I had a busy, fun, and, at times, chaotic summer. Summer often feels like a scheduling jigsaw puzzle, so in that way I am relieved to once again have a routine. On the other hand the flexible summer schedule allowed us to take a few fun trips and spend lots of quality time with my girls. It’s funny how the summer days are long, but it seems to fly by looking back on it.
With both of my girls back in school, I wanted to help them remember what they did over the summer by ordering them photo albums of the trips we took and some other highlights of the summer. I used to make my own books for them (which were not very high quality, but they still love!), but now I order them from Shutterfly because the books look great and are pretty durable.
I like to let the girls look at their pictures and talk about the fun things they did. Not only is this fun, but reviewing events that have occurred in the past or even earlier in the day, helps children build background knowledge and solidify new concepts they have learned through exploration of the world. Even simply asking questions about what your child did that day, is great way to review. For babies and toddlers, you can tell them what they did that day and ask them “what did you like best?” followed by a pause to show them that they have space to respond. Then you could say something along the lines of, “it seemed like you loved the choo choo train we rode!”
Check out our other summer themed posts here for more fun ways to build language:
- Summer Speech Tips
- Fun Beach Books and Learning Activities
- 5 Fun Ways to Build Language with Seashells
What were the highlights of you summer? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! 🙂