Get Ready for Summer! Part 4—History and Geography

By Sara Osborne

Warmer temperatures and longer days are building excitement for students and their families as summer approaches.  We’re all eager for a change of pace and a break from the burn-out often associated with the end of the school year, yet we worry about our kids losing their skills over the summer. This need not be the case, however, if parents consider the many creative opportunities for their kids to continue learning over the summer. While the possibilities are virtually endless, this week we are sharing a few suggestions for continuing your child’s learning over the summer break. Today we take a look at History and Geography. (Check back the rest of this week for other topics—Mon: Math; Tue: Science; Wed: Reading/Writing/Grammar; Fri: Latin and Other Languages).


Choose to focus on the period of history your child has been studying this year, or learn something new! Take advantage of the freedom to explore history through story and experience; engaging real people and places brings classroom lessons to life!  

  • Destination Information: Read about the history of vacation destinations before you embark on your journey. Encourage your children to use their library and not just the internet for their research. Children can create a list of “fast facts” for reference on your adventure!


  • Museums: Fill a rainy day with history by visiting local museums!


  • Historical Sites: Research surrounding historical sites, or look for historical sites to visit along a vacation route. Encourage students to read up on the significance of each site beforehand, and document each visit with photos and journaling.


  • Interviews: Encourage your child to interview an elderly relative or friend about a specific time or event in history. Record the interview (with audio recording or in writing—or both), and write a biographical sketch with the information received. The finished product would be a sweet gift to present to an elderly relative or friend!


  • Culture Detective: Ask your child which part of the world interests him or her, and learn more about that country or region. Use the library for print, audio, and video resources, and immerse yourself in a new culture! Combine this research with a focus on world missions, and the learning is multiplied!


  • Maps: Encourage your student to map your neighborhood and create a treasure hunt! Include neighborhood kids in the main event!


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