Top 5 Summer Activities for Youth to Keep the Brain Active During Summer Vacation

Top 5 Summer Activities for Youthto Keep the Brain Active During Summer Vacation

It’s barely been a few weeks since the school bell rang, dismissing students from school and welcoming them to summer vacation. Before long, it’ll be Labor Day weekend! But until then, CoolSpeak is offering you the Top 5 Summer activities for youth to keep your brain active during summer vacation.

Naturally, students of all ages will begin their summer plans and dreams, meanwhile forgetting anything and everything that is school related. According to Emily Patterson from Primrose Schools, children can lose up to 60 percent of their learning from the previous school year during their summer break. In order to prevent this from happening, it is critical to keep the brain active and the imagination alive.

At CoolSpeak, we strive to put the motivation back into education. We are here to make learning fun and suggest summer activities for youth that can keep your brain sharp and be far better than video games, television, and sitting around.

Top 5 Summer Activities for Youth

  1. Write Something Everyday

Writing for a school assignment can be a tedious and difficult challenge for some, but have you ever tried writing for fun? Mashable has found that writing can improve your memory along with other skills, such as creativity and coordination. You could keep a journal or write a story. No matter what it is, write something, even if it is only a few words.

  1. Do a Daily Math Problem

When you do math, your brain has to analyze and solve the problem. Even one math problem can stretch your mind to problem solve and improve your critical thinking skills. There are countless places to go to find math problems, such as Math Buddy. This website even has a question of the day, where you can go and do a daily math problem. You could even get the app found on Google Play or the App Store.

  1. Read Everyday

Reading is a great way to keep your mind and imagination active. When you are reading, you have to look at words, remember vocabulary, and make connections between your imagination and the plot of the book. There is no limit to what, when, or how much you read.  Stay tuned… in an upcoming blog, we’ll explore “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and its correlation to Johnny Cash with Joaquin Zihuatanejo!

  1. Create Something

Whether you paint or draw a picture, cook, bake, or write a song, you are visualizing an idea and using your imagination to think of ways to make it happen. This way, you are keeping your brain active and you’re also making something that you can enjoy!  Plus, it teaches you the importance of how “practice makes perfect.”

  1. Keep Physically Active

Not only should you focus on keeping your brain active, but you should also make sure you keep your body active during the summer. Exercising keeps your body healthy, revives the mind, and improves your mood by releasing endorphins, or “feel-good” chemicals. You could consider riding a bike, running, walking, swimming, or even dancing. Remember, healthy body + healthy mind = happy life.

Many of our student-athletes are already involved in summer sports and activities, so remember to also rest, hydrate, and maintain proper nutrition habits.

These summer activities for youth can be easy and fun to keep your brain active while you are out of school. The key is to stay motivated and challenge yourself. Just thinking of things to do is an exercise for your brain in itself!

Bonus: Host a CoolSpeak Program

Our bonus suggestion is to host a CoolSpeak Program at your school, church, or organization. We’ll bring a complete program… you bring the kids and the energy!!

We hope you will use these ideas, or even come up with your own, and put the motivation back in education to stay mentally active and have a fun summer vacation!

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends – A Message from Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Where the Sidewalk Ends – A Message from Joaquín Zihuatanejo

Where the Sidewalk EndsWe recently posted a blog about the Top 5 Summer Activities for Youth and what seemed to be a random conversation about poetry, quickly lead us into the the mind and thought process of our very own, Joaquín Zihuatanejo.  Through our conversation, we spoke of a children’s classic… Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Where the Sidewalk Ends” is a 1974 children’s poetry collection written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.  The book’s poems address many common childhood concerns and also present other fanciful stories. In 2007, the National Education Association named the book one of its “Teachers Top 100 Books for Children.”

Here are a few of Joaquin’s thoughts on “Where the Sidewalk Ends”:

“It was always a favorite of both of my daughters. I actually painted a mural along all four walls of Dakota’s childhood bedroom that was Silverstein’s Giving Tree playing hide and go seek with a boy.

What strikes me about Where the Sidewalk Ends though is it’s ability to speak to children and adults alike.So many different readers of all ages simply connect with this book on a very personal level.

Another striking characteristic is its fluidity and musicality. Silverstein was a songwriter of sorts and hung out as a young man with Cash, Waylon, Willie and the boys. I think underneath its innocence is an ineffable way to find beauty in pain and loss. There is also a hell raiser quality to it that comes from befriending the rebel outcasts of country and rock that he ran with as a young man.

The meter and rhyme create the song, but it’s the imagery and honesty that create the soul inside the song.

There’s actually recordings of him reciting excerpts over music and Cash did covers of his work.

I think its power and longevity are due equally to its brutal honesty and its innocent musicality, which merge together in Silverstein’s mind and out onto the page in a way so few poets/artists can create.

And don’t get me started on his drawings and images…damn brilliant.”

Thank you Joaquin for your insight… further exposing Silverstein’s genius.  If you haven’t read Where the Sidewalk Ends in a while, please do so and share this great book with your children.

Joaquín Zihuatanejo is a poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher. Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, in his work Joaquín strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. Sometimes brutal, but always honest his work depicts the essence of barrio life, writing about a youth that existed somewhere between the streets of the barrio and the dream wanderings of a boy who found refuge in a world of stories and poems.

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