For most of the kids in our neighborhood, it’s the last week of this school year. That means class picnics, drawing with sidewalk chalk on the playground, and helping the teacher take down the classroom decorations. In a mere few days, the kids will move on to sleeping in, swimming, taking bike rides, and camping, among other things.
I have been pondering what sort of things to do with the grandkids on the days they are at our house this summer. Some of the obvious things came to mind, but I also had the thought: summer should be the time of year when you learn the practical skills of life. A few things like:
How the house address system works. I’ve already started with my four-year-old grandson, teaching him his home address. But I don’t think he grasps yet that every house and every building has an address, and that’s how we find things.
How to read a map, and figure out how to get from point A to point B.
How to make a phone call on a payphone if you need to. (Yes, this does seem obsolete, but the 9-year-old granddaughter should at least have the experience of using a payphone once!)
How to make a grocery list for what the family needs that week.
How to grocery shop with a set amount of money, and not going over that amount.
This are just the first few ideas I thought of last night as I was pondering the long summer. The last two are ideas that fit with my fervent belief that kids need to be taught as they are growing up how to budget their money, not wait until they are adults to start learning that skill.
Do you have other ideas for simple life skills that kids can learn this summer. If you do, please leave a comment (just click on “leave a comment” in the left margin of this post). I’d love to know your suggestions.