After School Activities for Kids {Week 30}

What's been the most fun thing you've done so far this summer with your child at home?  Can you believe it's the end of July?  Outdoor play is one of my favorite memories of summer in my childhood. There are so many things our children can learn while exploring outdoors. 

Here are a few things to do outside activities as you cherish the summer moments with your child. 

What is your favorite outdoor activity to do with your child?


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After School Linky Party {Week 30} 

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Learning Activities to do with Kids Before and After the Movie #ShauntheSheep, #IC #sponsored

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Our kids are jumping up and down for the movie Shaun the Sheep Movie (Released August 5th, 2015 Nationwide). Not only are the sheep characters super cute, but the use of claymation is the most perfect way to combine writing, technology, and creativity in learning extensions at home before and after watching the movie.

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Learning Activities to do with Kids Before and After the Movie

At our house, going out to a movie in the theater is a big deal and not something we get to do a lot. Because of that, I try to capitalize on their enthusiasm to connect it with academic learning.  When kids are excited about something - use the excitement to extend and enrich their learning.

Keeping Kids Excited about Reading All Summer Long

Beat the Summer Slide

Teachers HOPE that parents are playing with their children daily and providing opportunities to keep their children thinking.  As a parent, I know that mid-summer, the kids are enjoying a more laid back routine of outside playtime, trips to the beach, and afternoon popcorn and movies. It can be easy to forget the importance of learning, but it is essential that children are exposed to literature and new vocabulary in the summer months.  It is important for children to problem solve, create, and think. We want our children to keep growing intellectually even when they are not attending school.  Continuing to provide access to education in the summer months will better prepare them for the school year ahead.


Beat the summer slide and keep kids excited about reading all summer long.
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How can you keep kids excited about reading:

Read Often. Yes, that is right. Read every day.  Read more than once every day.  If you have a young child, read at least 10 picture books every day.  Older kids? Have them pleasure read for at least 20 minutes on their own.  Don’t forget to read to them too.  Start a chapter book together and read a chapter every night out loud to them before bed.  No matter what READ.

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There isn't much that beats being outside with a good book quote. Best tips from a reading teacher and mom on how to get and keep kids excited about reading all summer long.


The Sleep Challenge | Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

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Are you getting enough sleep? A full night, unniterupted sleep has many benefits. Join in as we take a closer look at our sleeping habits and how it affects how we parent. 

The Sleep Challenge

After School Activities for Kids {Week 29}

Are the signs of summer all over the house? Flip flops, bathing suits and wet towels laying around and some extra hungry kids from all that fun in the pool? Summer time on summer vacation from school can be so much fun.  What have you been up to?

Did you check out 15 Pool Noodle Activities to create for summer FUN?

Now is the time we start to make sure the kids are also getting back in gear for Back to School and not losing any of the knowledge they learned this whole past school year.  Be sure to visit our After School Resource Page with ideas from A to Z. There's even a special section called #smartsummer to help you out. 

After School Activities for Kids featured at The Educators' Spin On It

After School Linky Party {Week 29} 

Math and Science Water Day Fun

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This summer, give your child an academic edge by adding in a little math and science to your water day fun!
Dive into the science of H20 with these kid friendly learning activities. A Sylvan Mom CEO contributor


Dive into the science of H20

Pool Noodle Learning Activity: Alphabetical Order Obstacle Course

Get the wiggles out while racing through this alphabetical order obstacle course!  Great for practicing letter learning. 
Pool Noodle Learning Activity: Race through this Alphabetical Order Obstacle Course to practice ABC's


Alphabetical Order Obstacle Course.

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