School is just around the corner and you might be worried about all the school work your kids have not been doing! Don’t panic. I’ve got some great suggestions for a last ditch effort to prevent summer slide.
First of all, it may not be obvious, but your kids have probably already been doing some brain boosting activities like:
- Filling their brains with lots of oxygen from tons of running, biking, and jumping
- Learning new skills at camp, at the pool, or at the library
- Getting loads of Vitamin D intake from the sun
- Sleeping in to get at least 10 hours of sleep
- Free play that engages their planning skills and creativity
SEE!! Even if you have not been doing consistent academic work, your kids have been reaping the fruits of summer.
You probably have a few weeks left – which is plenty of time to still get your kids to do a few things to make their transition back to school easier for them and You!
Math facts are easily remembered with just 10 minutes a day of practice. Facts are really important to be able to work quickly and move on to higher level problems. I know there are many apps out there for practicing facts, but I prefer to go old school with flashcards. I love the face to face I get to have with my kids and the immediate feedback I get by watching them do an activity with flash cards rather than trying to follow a flashy computer screen. Download my freebie here.
Go to the library and find a book to read together. Read the book aloud, read as partners, each read the book separately and discuss–whatever fits your style. I am going to try my first “book group” with my son. He has a long list of Rebecca Caudill books to read this year, so we will get a head start and read one together.
Pick up an audio book to listen to in the car while you are running around getting all of your back to school supplies. Listening to books as a family creates such a great bonding experience around a story-how great is that? I love audio books for so many reasons, not least of which is that kids can comprehend books on a much higher level while listening than reading on their own. That means lots of great vocabulary building is going on. Check out a list of our favorite audio stories here.
Get your kids input on what museum/botanic garden/historic site they’d like to visit before the summer is over. Following kids’ interests always leads to lots of enthusiastic learning opportunities. Take lots of pictures (get kids in on the photography, too) and put together a small scrapbook or photo album about your adventure.
On that note–create a photo album or scrapbook of all those pictures you took this summer. Kids can help by sorting the pictures and writing captions or longer descriptions when necessary.
Even if you choose to do none of these suggestions, promise that you will enjoy the rest of the summer with your kids! Those memories for you and them are worth their weight in gold!!