I have recently been using ideas from a book called Turbocharged! 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Preschool Ministry in order to find fresh ideas to use in our "Littlest People" group of kids at church.
You may be thinking, "So? My kids aren't in preschool." Neither are mine. But I have found little golden nuggets hidden among those pages that are universal to all children, not just preschoolers.
Last week I wrote about trying to beat that Summer Itch, and I realized that some of these ideas can be useful for adding a little change to your possibly boring or dry end-of-year lesson planning. They are great ways to tune in to your child's learning style as well.
Word Play - story telling, word games, creative writing
Logical exploration - discover how something works (take it apart!), collect things, puzzles
Get Physical - dance, act it out, active games
Make some music - use music with lyrics to support your idea, play classical in the background as you work, sing a rhyme or song to help you learn a set of information (states, presidents, grammar rules)
Make it beautiful - paint a picture, color, do a maze
Tune in to Nature - find a "live one," cut pics out of magazines, use hands on, touchable displays
Voice it - allow them to re-teach the idea to you or a sibling or other family member, let them write and recite a poem about it.
Leave them alone - give them some reflective questions and a quiet corner
Get techy - Find games they can play on the computer or electronic devise where they can "play" and learn at the same time!
There isn't much time left of this school year. Go out with a bang so they are begging to start again in fall. Remember, it's not about making them learn a set of information, it is about teaching them to learn and to love it!