It’s hard to believe, but summer vacation is right around the corner. If you’re like me, you want to make sure your child doesn’t forget any of the stuff he or she learned at school during the extended break.
One good way to do this is to pick up a copy of Evan-Moor’s Daily Summer Activities. The books in this series cover Pre-K through grades 7-8 and are labeled according to the grade your child has just completed. I showed the grades 1-2 book to my son’s teacher and she thought it was a good reflection of the curriculum his school uses.
What I really like about this particular series of books compared to other workbooks for young children is how things are easily broken down for parents to manage. Having my son do two pages a day for 10 weeks seems a lot more organized than the approach we tried last summer of downloading free online worksheets whenever I happened to remember them.
All of the subjects are covered, too, so you don’t run the risk of drilling your child in math only to discover that he or she has forgotten all of the spelling words learned over the year. There’s even a reading log included for each week that you could use in conjunction with your local library’s summer reading program for kids.
At the end of the book, there is a certificate of completion you can fill out for your child. I am thinking we will do some sort of “award ceremony” for my son at the end of the summer because he loved getting certificates and treats at school. There is a list of age appropriate field trips included in the book, so I might incorporate some sort of special family trip as part of this.
What are your plans for preventing summer learning loss with your children?
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