Tips for Keeping Your Child Learning All Summer Long

First grade Head Teacher Erika Brinzac shares her tips for keeping young students engaged in learning during the summer break. Broken down by subjects, below are simple ways you and your child can continue to learn and grow together during the summer months. 


  • Continue to read to your child, despite their reading ability.
  • Have your child read to you, a friend, a sibling, a stuffie, etc.
  • Talk about books, movies, and shows that you and/or your child are reading/watching.
  • Play the Letter Game, where you take turns naming objects that start with the same first letter/contain the same sound.
Students writing


  • Keep a diary to keep track of everything that happens this summer.
  • Tell real and made-up stories aloud.
  • Write stories in words and/or drawings.
  • Write sequels or next chapters of beloved books, movies, and shows.
  • Find a pen pal—a grandparent, teacher, or someone else—for your child to tell all about their summer.


  • Go grocery shopping with your child, and use estimation and addition to figure out the total cost of your items.
  • Create and maintain a (real or imaginary) budget with your child for certain summer items.
  • Using a regular deck of cards, play BFF Go Fish, where pairs are created by cards that add to ten. 
  • Play Dice Roll with one or two dice.
Students work together in class


  • Grow different plants.
  • Cook together.
  • Use pictures and/or words to keep a log of a living thing’s growth (e.g. a bird’s egg).
  • Use various materials to complete different building challenges (e.g. the tallest structure possible using recycled cups).
  • Brainstorm and research ways to go greener.

The Arts:

  • Illustrate still life, memories, imaginary scenes, etc. with pencil, paint, and other materials.
  • Be audience members to street performers.
  • Listen to different genres of music.
  • Add to any museum visits by scouting out different NYC street art.
  • Dance at home either freestyle or mimicking a professional dance.
Students draw with crayons

Social Justice and Taking Action:

  • Read the newspaper or watch the news together (editing as necessary).
  • Continue to talk with your child about their individual and familial identities and history.
  • Find ways to get involved in a cause that is important to your child.
  • Write letters to politicians and lawmakers.