We know the drill. Parents want great activities students can do all summer long to really make the most of the summer.
Students want to swim. Or play video games. Or stay up late and watch movies. Or sleep in until noon. They don’t want to be students. They are on summer break — it’s supposed to be a break.
Our question today: is it possible to find summer activities students can do for the summer — that don’t bore them?
Well, we think it’s possible to have summer activities that don’t bore students, but still leave them in better shape than when they started the summer. Check out a few ideas below, then we’d love for you to contribute new ideas in the comments section.
1. Read a book… that you like
On our team and to our students, we follow the maxim that “leaders are readers.” We didn’t make it up. But we agree.
Additionally, “writers are readers.” Reading helps you subconsciously develop far better writing skills. It makes sense, right? Both involve words on a page.
What we’re not suggesting is the complete works of Shakespeare or everything Faulkner wrote. If your student is more into Harry Potter than Jane Austen, great. Read about some wizardry.
We’re also not suggesting reading for five hours a week. If your student spends ten minutes every day — or every other day — it’s a great summer activity that will keep her mind sharp.
2. Visit someplace new, and do it like a local
One of the best ways to learn is by experiencing something.
Students can do this by visiting a new town, a big city, the next state over, or even another country. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate trip, although it can be. The key is to experience life from someone elses’ point of view. Eat locally. Stay locally. If you can meet some locals, do it.
Some of the best learning experiences of my life have been in a new place, meeting new people, and taking in life from their eyes.
Believe it or not, nearly every student we’ve ever met has been excited by travel and experiencing new places. This is learning. Use that passion to help keep your student sharp for the summer.
3. Get a really lame job
Yes, you read that correctly. Terrible summer jobs are some of the most effective study skills building opportunities. Nothing motivates a student to work hard at school like spending 8 hours a day picking up bricks, moving them 100 yards, and then throwing them in a dumpster. At least it was an extremely motivating experience for me personally when I did it for a summer in high school.
Alternatively, some students may find a real passion they weren’t expecting. Construction jobs during the summer for high school guys can be really enlightening.
Whatever the case, lame jobs usually — not always, but usually — help motivate students to plug into school work with a new vigor.
4. Study skills courses from StudyRight
Yes, we had to say it. But that’s our goal with our summer classes – non-boring activities that help students leave summer break sharper than when the started it. Find a study skills course here.
What activities would you add? These are just 4 options — and there are loads more out there. Share below!