In our last post, we talked about the dreaded “summer slide” and the skills that students can lose over the summer break. At LearningRx, we know that no child is going to remember everything they were taught during the previous school year, but our brain training programs are designed to help students unlock greater cognitive potential and become better learners as they grow up.
If you’re a teacher or a parent, then you want your kids to use their brains in creative ways during the summer break. In this post, we’ll look at some ways that you can encourage your little ones to think differently!
Write a Song
If your child is musically inclined, then they may love to write their own songs. Perhaps they’re starting to learn how to play an instrument this summer, such as the guitar. Writing songs can be a great way to engage the brain. They’ll have to remember rhythms, lyrics, and other components of their song, which will put their memory skills to the test. If they write down the lyrics, then encourage them to memorize them before they perform the song for the first time. While it can be intimidating at first, your child can gain confidence from writing, memorizing, and performing their very own song.
Write a Play
Kids loving pretending to be their favorite movie or storybook characters. They’re always acting out memorable scenes from films and TV shows, so why not encourage them to write their own play? They’ll be able to put their creative skills to use in writing the script, making costumes, and coming up with props and backdrops. They can recruit their friends and siblings to be in the play, and they can act as the director and the leading star, or delegate those roles to someone else. However the responsibilities fall, your child will have to utilize their memory, attention, and many other cognitive skills in order to make the play a success.
Create a Scavenger Hunt
While some kids will love writing a song or coming up with their own play, there are others who don’t want to be inside working on such projects. If they want to be outdoors, then have them come up with a scavenger hunt or hidden treasure quest. They can create clues or leave envelopes with hints that lead to the next spot, and they’ll have to leave clear instructions in order for the hunt to be successful. They’ll need to come up with a series of steps or sequences that follow a logical order, and this can challenge their brain in new and exciting ways.
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Summer can be a great time for kids to flex their creative muscles, and at LearningRx, we love anything that helps a child learn a new skill and use their brain in different ways. If you’d like to learn more about our brain training programs, or how you can open your own educational franchise location in your community, then please contact us right away. We’d love to speak with you about opportunities in your area.