This is the last week of school in many states and students everywhere are eager to find refuge in the lazy hazy summer days that lay ahead. Many parents are wondering how they can keep their children’s mind active and engaged until September. Parents and educators have legitimate cause for concern. Numerous studies indicate that a student’s language and math skills deteriorate over the summer months. It is important to keep the learning process in place even during extended breaks from school.
One way to keep a child focused on having fun while learning during their break is to engage them in activities found in books designed specifically for summer education. We recommend the Summer Bridge activity books by Carson Dellosa. These books have been very well received by parents and teachers and are designed keep the learning process alive. The books challenge young minds with daily activities in reading, writing, mathematics, and language arts with bonus activities in science and geography.
We also greatly appreciate the Building Better Bodies and Behavior section that stresses the importance of adopting healthy habits to help build character and fitness levels.
Summer is also a great time to prepare your students for the standardized tests that they will take in the spring. It would be beneficial to check into test prep workbooks for various states and grade levels that offer instruction and test taking practice in 4 key test areas: reading, writing, language, and mathematics.
Another wonderful Summer learning resource is the the Summer Bridge Activities site. This site contains numerous free activities and recommendations for parents. Kids will love the interactive computer games, parents will love the lists of activities and summer reading lists for children of all ages.
Check our blog regularly throughout the summer for new ideas for fun and challenging activities your child will love!
Filed under: Teacher Resources on May 21st, 2009