Creating a Summer Learning Station

This summer learning post is provided by Guest Blogger Kim Vij of The Educators’ Spin On It.

Make Your Own Summer Learning Station (3)

Let’s create a Summer Learning Station for your kids this summer!  For many, our summers are filled with activities, camps, and vacations. Others may choose a more laid back approach to summer break, filled with playful days with family and friends.  No matter which style you choose for the break from school, it’s important to have opportunities for your children to learn.  One easy way to incorporate this into your daily routine is to create a Summer Learning Station.

What is a Summer Learning Station?

A Summer Learning Station is a place for your child to find all the learning tools they need at their fingertips and visible to them each day.  We know it must not be very inspiring when you want to draw a pictures, write a story or “play school” and you can’t find any of your materials.  By setting up a system with your child, they will know where everything goes for easy clean up and they will be inspired to create and learn independently.  If you have younger children just keep the materials on a tray out the reach of little hands but where older siblings can retrieve and bring to the table.

Supply Ideas for your Summer Learning Station (2)

To set up your own Summer Learning Station get your child involved with the project.  The more they do,  the more likely they will want to use it.   If you don’t have a designated table, you could always keep supplies in a specific drawer, box, or bag ready to pull out throughout the summer.

 Here’s how we filled our Summer Learning Station

Supplies Needed

  • Folders- Keep sight words, journal paper, and summer reading lists all in one location
  • Basic School Supplies – scissors, glue, markers, pencils, crayons
  • Basic Arts & Crafts Supplies – paint brushes, water colors, play dough, stamps, stamp pads, paint, tape, stapler
  • Stickers
  • Workbooks
  • Stencils
  • Word Searches
  • Coloring Books
  • Math Journal
  • Science Journal
  • Travel Journal
  • Books or Book Basket
  • Storytelling Paper

Bulletin Board or Folder Contents to Include

As you are preparing your Summer Learning Station, make a Visual Board to post up your Goals!

  • Sight Word List from year completed and next year’s words
  • Recommended Reading List for grade level
  • Summer Bucket List
  • Math Facts
  • Science Facts & Questions
  • Calendar and or Schedule
  • Click Here for your own Summer Board Printables

Summer Learning Station for your Home this Summer! Bulletin Board

Opportunities for Learning

  • Set aside a quiet time during the each day for learning, even if it’s just storytime.
  • Plan at least one hands-on experience every week.
  • Create a Math Journal, Science Journal and Travel Journal for the summer.
  • Schedule an educational outing at least once a week.
  • The library can be your #1 learning resource for summer!

I encourage you to look for those teachable moments and grow together!  Summer can create some of the most enriching times in your child’s learning if you look for those opportunities and make plans for them.  Creating a Summer Learning Station is the first step.

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What will you add to your Summer Learning Station? Share with us in the comments below, or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Headshot Kim VijKim Vij is the co-author of The Educators’ Spin On It. As an early childhood teacher and a mom of three, she’s learned many tips and tricks of parenting and teaching along the way in the past 20 years. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make learning playful and playtime meaningful.

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Comments

  1. What a fun idea Kim! I will need to try this with my son. I think the only thing I would add would be some photos of fun events and experiences from the previous year to get him reflecting or brainstorming. He loves using them as jumping off points for creating.

  2. Michelle C. says:

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas! As a teacher I know how important it is to keep education going at home over the summer break. Kids can lose so much in that short period of time and what a fun way to make them feel like they have ownership over the activities.

    • Thanks Michelle! My daughter has been there almost everyday so far during her summer break and sees it as a place to explore and create on her own. We even put things onto a special tray so that we can lift it up and away when 2 year old sister needs to not be in reach of it.