Keep Your Child’s Brain Sharp This Summer

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Are you familiar with the term summer slide?  Summer slide is the decline in students’ skills over the summer break from school.  It can have repercussions for even the brightest student.

Summer is a great time for outside play, physical activity, creativity and exploration of personal interests.  It is also an important time to keep your child academically on track.  In order to accomplish this, only a few books and a bit of your time are needed.

The Reading, Writing and Math activities outlined below provide a simple and inexpensive way to keep your child academically engaged at home, or wherever you are, throughout the summer.

Prep Work to do before the school year ends:

1.  Purchase the items below.

  • a journal for each of your children, pencils, pens, and markers or crayons
  • a math workbook at your child’s level (I like Summer Solutions but there are many great workbooks out there.)

2.  Take your child to the local library or book store and have her select books that interest her and are appropriate to her reading levelSuggested books lists               .

3.  Print this Summer Learning Chart where reading, writing and math can be checked off each day after it is complete.  Younger children in particular like to see progress.

4.  Plan rewards of your choice (special time together etc.) for every five days of completed assignments.

The Simple Summer Program:

The Reading Component:

Require a minimum of 30 minutes of reading each day.

Summer is a great opportunity for children to realize that reading for pleasure is fun.  The reading material should be selected by the child with your supervision for appropriate age/grade/content.  Children should read a minimum of 30 minutes a day regardless of age.  If your child is not an independent reader yet, you or an older sibling should read to or with her. Reading is the greatest key to success in school and at work.  Don’t be surprised if your child gets hooked on a book and can’t put it down.

…Remember, you are your child’s role model.  Seeing you reading for pleasure and entertainment is a great motivator.

The Writing Component:

Require your child to write one journal entry daily.  Select a minimum sentence amount depending upon their age and ability.

For younger children much of the journal page can be pictures and you can write the words they dictate.  For older children, the journal page should be more words but may contain pictures as well if the child enjoys drawing.

This journal will be a great keepsake for the future.  Older children love to read what they wrote when they were younger!

There is a direct connection between reading and writing in learning.

The Math Component:

Require a minimum of 15 minutes of math each day.  This should be at least one page in the math workbook, maybe two.  If your child completes a page and wants a change of pace, try to practice memorization of math facts.

Clearly explain your summer academic expectations to your child.  Each day he/she is to complete one Journal entry, 15 minutes minimum of Math and 30 minutes minimum of reading.

These activities can be done first thing in the morning, mid-day or in the evening.  Whatever time fits best into your schedule is fine.  It is important that you require reading writing and math EVERY weekday unless it’s a special occasion.  Consistency is key!

There is a lot of free time in the summer.  By requiring learning for 1-2 hours a day you are doing your child a great service.

Sandy Aprahamian, Assistant Director, Informed Educational Solutions

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2 Responses to Keep Your Child’s Brain Sharp This Summer

  1. Bryan Aprahamian says:

    Great article! Can’t wait to get started with the kids this summer! -Bryan, Sea Girt, NJ

  2. Pingback: “I’m Bored. There is nothing to do.” – How to Prevent Summer Slide | Informed Educational Solutions

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