Students always look forward to summer vacation as a time to relax and have fun even though they typically have a summer assignments to complete in addition reading. A great way that parents can help their children combat "Summer Slide" and retain important skills is to create Internet Scavenger Hunts.
By creating Internet Scavenger Hunts for your child, you will help them develop reading, comprehension, and problem solving skills. It will also help them learn how to obtain, use and analyze information that is gathered. An example of an Internet Scavenger Hunt is using a magazine (e.g. National Geographic) and creating questions based on articles, charts and graphs and any other information in the magazine including the cover. In order to make it challenging to find they necessary information, create questions from various parts of the magazine rather than consecutive articles or pages. It will require patience and more effort to find facts and information to provide details when answering the questions. The following are few sample questions that could be used with the May 2014 issue of National Geographic:
Once your child has completed the Scavenger Hunt, have them create one for you to complete. The possibilities are limitless when creating them. Think outside the box, and make them fun!