Read: Read out loud to your child every day.  Visit the local library; many offer summer reading programs and offer storytelling hours.  Involve your child in reading activities to build confidence and a love for reading.

Math and Science: 
Count - Count with your child; count steps, stairs, days, or any object.  Discuss your results. 

Shapes – Help your child look for shapes in the environment.

Write: Make writing fun for your child.  Let him/her write letters to friends and relatives.  Ask your child to make lists for your shopping trips.  Encourage your child to draw pictures and narrate stories about summer activities.  Write his/her words and read them back.  Writing may look like scribble, but your child is learning that print has meaning and can be read.

Measure – Encourage your child to measure toys, block building, etc. (using non-standard measurement) and discuss length, height, etc.  Make comparisons to other objects.

Science – Enjoy nature with your child.  Encourage your child to explore, ask questions, and wonder.

Routines: Toward the end of the summer, set routines and schedules that will make the transition to school easier.  Consistent schedules, that include regular sleeping habits, afternoon routines, and mealtime routines, will leave your family rested and ready for school!

Prepare: If your child has never had a preschool experience, consider allowing your child to be part of a small group that encourages socialization and independence.  This will help with separation anxieties at the beginning of school.