Tip #1: Keep Already Learned Concepts Fresh
Depending on the age and grade level of your child, you’ll want to be sure that in the summer they don’t forget many of the important concepts they learned during the school year. This isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Your school district, specific school, or individual teachers should provide you with a list of academic goals for your child’s particular grade level. This is a simple list of the concepts in each subject (math, reading, writing, social studies, science, etc.) that each child should attain by the end of the school year.
If a list is not provided, another way to ensure your child doesn't lose some of the harder skills taught that past year is to keep a record of the homework assignments your child completed in the past year, particularly the concepts he or she struggled with. Then periodically work these concepts into everyday life, or fun assignments.
Keeping these identified goals in mind, engage in conversations and activities on a weekly basis that support these learned skills. For instance, if you’re child has recently learned the mathematical times tables make it a point to do the bills or other calculations with them nearby. Then ask them, "What is 4 times 5?" Let them know you need their help and they’ll be happy to lend a hand.
Make it a game not a chore. Kids love to be needed and help their parents with an open mind you’ll see the endless opportunities to keep the concepts they just learned fresh all summer long.