As many parents know, there is often learning loss that happens over the summer months when kids are out of school. This can happen to homeschoolers like my own or any student. One of the ways we can help prevent the loss is by practicing skills your children already have in fun and creative ways.
Activity: Jumping Words
- List of spelling words to practice
- Street Chalk
How To Play:
Before your children get on the trampoline do the normal once over, check the springs, the net, make sure everything is save. Then using the spelling words list write on the trampoline the words in large letters leaving a few feet between each word. Then welcome your child or children to get on the trampoline and give them a few minutes to read the words to themselves.
Next, call out a word and ask your kids to jump to it. This can be a bit chaotic and if your children are rough you might want to change how you do this. My kids are very kind to one another when playing this and like to help one another so it works out well. When they get the word right, give them another on to find. When you have gone through all the words change the game by asking them to jump to a word with a certain last letter or vowel. This really depends on the level your child is at but you could also ask them to find a verb, or give them a riddle to solve with words. There are many possibilities and you can quickly see what options your children like the most! Let them make the rules and have you jump to words!
You can see in the example photos above I used very simple site words that my 4 year old knows. Her older siblings where happy to jump on them too and that just caused me to have to be more creative with simple words for older kids such as giving a words definition rather then the word itself and asking them to jump to different words to make silly sentences.
After a while the words get blurry, this gives you a chance to write new words. You can use a towel to have the kids fully clean off the trampoline if desired between word sets.
This could of course also be done on a drive way if a trampoline is not handy!