Preventing The Summer Slide
Summertime seems to fly by, but honestly it is a long time to go without the daily routine of school and learning. It seems like kids spend the first few weeks of the school year (and the last few weeks, if we’re being honest) in a fog. They are so used to the freewheeling days of summer without math, science and writing lessons they have to reacquaint themselves come September.
I definitely don’t want my kids to backslide or experience learning loss. School is only going to get more challenging and if they aren’t continuing to read and challenge themselves during the summer months it will be harder to catch up in the fall.
We always try to bridge the gap between school years with some sort of school prep. I also love to throw in a week or two of tutoring during the summer to help them prepare for the upcoming school year, but sometimes we can’t always schedule tutoring or classes. I like to have educational games and activities in constant rotation with my kids.
My good friend Inshira (also a school teacher) recommended we start using Summer Bridge Activities workbooks and turns out my kids actually love them. The exercises are fantastic and cover all the bases for each grade and level. I don’t even have to bargain or plead for them to crack open these books—they just do it on their own as part of our summer routine.
Summer Bridge Activities are designed to prevent summer learning loss and are available from Pre-K levels all the way up to 7th Grade. The activity books have daily 15-minute exercises and cover an assortment of subjects from telling time and writing complete sentences for the kindergarten level to calculating area fractions, similes and metaphors for grades 3-4. There are monthly goals, summer reading and word lists.
The Summer Bridge workbooks also keep the kids mentally and physically active, the hands-on exercises can be done anywhere. The standards-based activities help kids set goals, develop character, practice fitness, and explore the outdoors. It is pretty amazing. I feel confident that they will bridge the summer gab successfully and be ready for school in September. Especially Gemma—who will be starting Kindergarten! Thanks Inshira for the awesome recommend!
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