What are you going to do to keep your child(ren) reading and academically active during the summer?

Debra E. - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Debra is the author of "How to Get the Best Education Possible for Your Child - Kindergarten-6th Grade" and her passion is to empower parents and their children through education.

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Lindsey - posted on 06/01/2009

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OH FOR GOODNES SAKE ! let go of the parental reins my children will do what they have always done play and be children they will be socialising with thier friends having fun in the sun and hopefully make beautiful memories for them to look back on in years to come lighten up mums and let your hair down with the kids!!

Michelle - posted on 05/30/2009

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We usually participate in our local library's summer reading program. (I'm sure most libraries have one.) At ours, the kids are challenged to read a certain number of books. When they complete their reading log, they get a bag full of special treats, free coupons for local attractions, ice cream, etc. There are also weekly activities aimed at school aged children to keep them coming back and interested in books.

For educational things, we take the lighter approach - this IS vacation after all! Campgrounds we visit have nature hikes, bird watches, animal exhibits, crafts and all kinds of things that are still educational - just not necessarily the old three "Rs". We also visit museums, zoos and historical places. I just squeeze these things in here and there, because it is so fun to just watch my kids go outside and use their imagination, run, jump, exercise, have lemonade stands, etc - all the fun summery stuff!

Kelly - posted on 05/27/2009

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over the summer hols my child will be playing and being a child as i feel that children are pressured so much at school, to raise attainment levels. Its important to remember that children also learn through play enjoyment and learning through peer influences, although its our job to steer these influences in the right direction

Amanda - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have a ton of workbooks that we do every day. We have one for each subject. Then we have set library days that we go to pick out books. We read together every day and he also has set times when he reads on his own. We also have computer based learning games/activites. Our city has a reading activity where if you read a certain amount of hours over the summer you get a prize pack at the end of the summer. We just keep it light and fun. I've found that my son is never dreading going back to school or having a hard time "catching up" in the beginning of the school year. We've always been very into reading and my son really enjoys it. My son also is very interested in reading books that are from movies.

Dava - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have workbooks galore and they like to go on the internet so Starfall.com, Compass learning and just reading together are on the agenda. Their school just had an information night where I learned math & reading games to play with them also.

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I have "brain teasers' on a key chain for two of mine. They come in grade levels. I also have "Daily SUmmer Activities" workbooks where they do some reading/comprehension/spelling/math/science/socials each day. Not all subjects each day though. It is great and they are leveled for grades as well.

Sandra - posted on 05/25/2009

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Hi Debra



I have never heard of this book before does it also come in a activity books for each grade?



My son just got a activity book for his birthday call:

Summer activity Book for grade three.

And it also came with a disk called CLUE FINDERS 3rd grade adventures by The learning company.

It say's in this book that children will loss about 25% of their reading and math skills during the summer.

I think the book was purchased through Scholastic at school.

The book has a email address in it summervaction@entertainment.com.



I am sure they will have this book in many grade levels.

I can't wait to prep my son for grade 3.

This is how we are spending our summer along with lots of fun thing. We are going on a dinosaur park to do some learning. We also plan on doing a journal of all the things we do for the summer to help with spelling and write and grammar skills.

Let me know more about this book.

Sandra

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