Summer. That glorious season when the kids are finally home, the pool is open, and it’s time for your long-awaited annual vacation. Although we all deserve a relaxing summer more studies are showing the negative effects that summer can have on children’s learning retention. A lot can be lost in three months including up to two months of reading abilities and two and a half months of math skills. There’s a reason that schools spend the first six weeks of back in the classroom relearning all of the material that was lost over the summer.
You might be thinking that you don’t have much control over this misfortune, but remedying this flaw in the educational system is actually quite simple. All you need is 2-3 hours of educational activity per week in order to combat this summer learning loss. Whether it’s a required reading list that you give your children to finish by the end of the summer or watching documentaries with the family it keeps the learning fluid.
One of the best and most fun ways to keep your children’s minds alert is incorporating learning into your annual summer vacation trip down to the sunshine state. Out of all of the places that you can choose to visit in the state, St. Augustine takes the trophy. It is literally the oldest city established in America and is overflowing with historical significance. Here are the top 5 educational sites to visit while you’re exploring the cobble-stoned roads of the old city.
The St. Augustine Light House & Maritime Museum
You can’t vacation at the coast of Florida without visiting a single Maritime Museum. This one is one of the most fascinating and holds the first lighthouse ever built in Florida.
Spanish Military Hospital Museum
Ditch the plastic stethoscopes at homes cause it’s time to upgrade your child’s doctor fantasies to the real deal at this fascinating Military hospital museum. Learn about techniques used all the way back in colonial times and how medicine has progressed over the years.
Medieval Torture Collection
Ok this is definitely the darkest site on the list, but it’s valuable none the less. Plus if you have rambunctious young boys who love action movies they will be entranced by the history lesson.
Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
What’s cool about preserved homes is that it creates a true emotional connection between you and history. You’re no longer looking at a generic sword that was dug up with no story behind its owner or creation. You’re looking at a belonging to a real person with a fascinating story. For those of your kids who are big into night time stories this is right up their alley.
Castillo de San Marcos
The kids tired of being in indoor museums all day? Let them run free at this amazing castle site.You don’t even need a tour. Just go where your feet lead you.
The best part about hands-on learning like all of these sites is that kids love it while it being equivalent to a full day in the classroom. So grab your swimsuits, toss out the books, and jump on your flight to St. Augustine!