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How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

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Bxgell2
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How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

She'll be going to Kindergarten in the fall, but she had, no joke, probably the single best teacher on earth for her last year of preschool. By the time the spring rolled around, Alex was writing, reading, doing simple arithmatic, learning about the planets, decomposition, the life cycle, the presidents, you name it.

I don't want her to lose all that wonderful information she learned throughout the year, during the summer.

I did buy a bunch of emergent reader books for her, and every night at bedtime, I read her 3 of her favorite books, and she reads me one of her emergent reader books. And she is getting sooooooo good, barely stumbling on any words at this point!

But, what else can I do? I don't want to bore her, or pressure her, but I do want to incorporate these things into her everyday life, in a fun way, so she's not starting from zero again in the fall...

Posted 6/23/11 7:22 AM
 

Elbee
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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

I babysat for 3 kids while in college. Their mother required 1 hour of learning per day for all of them.
Reading for 20 minutes (either on their own or with me, depending on their age) --- plus we discussed the books, the theme, etc ...
She also had computer programs for each kid --- math skills, vocabulary skills, etc. They were 'games' that were fun but it reinforced the skill.
She also had workbooks that they would do a page or two.

Each kid did it with me with no issues - it was just part of their daily routine. They new it was 'work' but it was a lot of fun.

We also played a lot of games ---- card games & board games that reinforced learning.


This was years ago, when technology was ancient -- now I am sure you can find a ton of great computer games to make it fun.

Posted 6/23/11 7:34 AM
 

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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

Kumon

I don't know if you have a place in your city, but they are an excellent resource.

Posted 6/23/11 9:51 AM
 

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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

Posted by Elbee
We also played a lot of games ---- card games & board games that reinforced learning.


This was years ago, when technology was ancient -- now I am sure you can find a ton of great computer games to make it fun.




I think the old way is the best way the poster described above. Without the computer unless you are sitting next to her doing it. Because while plopping your kid in front of a computer to play educational games is easy, having one on one involvement I think makes the kids feel more connected to you & more fun for them.

So board games, games you make up...all of that plays in.

I know in restaurants, we used to go back & forth with how many people are at that table? If 3 people go to the bathroom & only one comes back, how many are there? How many are in the bathroom (trick question - because other people may have snuck in while you were counting the number of people at the table..)

Another game I made up was I used the flash cards from the previous year (or make up your own), I'd hold 2 words up & they tried to create the silliest sentence. I think this helped with J. because he used to get "writer's block" (yeah, in 2nd gradeChat Icon Chat Icon ).

One thing I'm going to really push is multiplication. I can't believe how many older kids don't know it.

Posted 6/23/11 10:02 AM
 

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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

That teacher sounds a lot like Katherine's pre-k teacher; we loved her so much and are so excited Abby will have her in September! You must have an odd cut-off date in PA--I believe Alex and Katherine are only around two weeks apart and yet Kate just FINISHED kindergarten! Anyhow...

I bought the Summer Bridge Activities workbooks for both my girls (Pre-K to K for Abby b/c that's the first year they have, and K to 1st for Kate (sounds like that would be Alex's level...)). We've been doing at least 4 pages a day in that. Afterwards, we read 6 or 8 books together and then Kate reads one or two to us.

We also drill states and their capitals with the girls. I hate to use the word "drill" because it sounds like a boring chore, but they love it. They know about 20 states, state nicknames and capitals--Kate used to be up to 40 or so, so you're right...regression happens quickly! In that vein, we have an interactive states puzzle that we play.

You know what's unexpectedly awesome? My mom bought Katherine a "diary" with questions and stuff in it for her K graduation and she LOVES it, takes it everywhere. I think it really helps with the writing skills.

Also, we always use vacations as a teaching tool. For example, one year we visited--and climbed--a lighthouse in NC and right afterwards, we bought a book about lighthouses. We're going to Lake George again this summer and plan to visit Fort William Henry while there.

We also have Presidential placemats and we discuss our "favorite" presidents and details about them. Maybe you recall Katherine at about two had a favorite Chief Justice. Chat Icon

Anyway, people reading this probably think we sound insane, but the girls enjoy it and we do too!


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Posted 6/23/11 10:53 AM
 

Erica
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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

journals.

You can just take a notebook or even just fold and staple printer paper together.

one can bean alphabet journal - each page a different letter.

drawing is an extension of early writing, so that can be encouraged. She can dictate the story to you or she can write what she thinks are the words and then you write what she meant underneath.

Posted 6/23/11 3:42 PM
 

AidansArmy
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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

Good luck to all the incoming K parents.

My DC will be going to K in fall and I remember for myself 1/2 day K with nap time, art, snack, etc. in Smithtown....so sad how much kids are expected to learn from K-12 (I am a HS teacher). The pressure is on....

Message edited 6/23/2011 11:20:43 PM.

Posted 6/23/11 11:18 PM
 

Raziel69
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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

Summer Bridge Books

Posted 6/24/11 7:06 AM
 

Bxgell2
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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

Posted by Eireann

That teacher sounds a lot like Katherine's pre-k teacher; we loved her so much and are so excited Abby will have her in September! You must have an odd cut-off date in PA--I believe Alex and Katherine are only around two weeks apart and yet Kate just FINISHED kindergarten! Anyhow...



The cutoff in PA is September 1, and Alex's birthday is September 24... it's such a shame, and I worry about her being bored in school, particularly because she's so precocious to begin with!

Thanks for all the suggestions ladies!!! This should definitely help!!

Posted 6/24/11 9:10 AM
 

Bxgell2
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Re: How do I maintain Alex's reading/writing/math skills over the summer?

Posted by AidansArmy

Good luck to all the incoming K parents.

My DC will be going to K in fall and I remember for myself 1/2 day K with nap time, art, snack, etc. in Smithtown....so sad how much kids are expected to learn from K-12 (I am a HS teacher). The pressure is on....



There's really no pressure... it's coming from her actually. She's very interested in learning, reading and writing, and asks me to teach her all the time. If she wasn't asking, I certainly wouldn't explore any of this

Posted 6/24/11 9:11 AM
 
 
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