Summer vacation officially started in our house. Did you know that during the summer kids lose about 1-2 months worth of their establish education level proficiency? Studies have shown that students score lower on standardized testing at the end of summer on the same test taken at the end of the school year.
I have been trying to find a way to keep my kid learning during the summer without making her summer a total bore. I decided to stick with the basics: reading, writing and math. I came up with a weekly schedule for my soon to be 4th grader.
When it comes to reading she can pick any book from the library she wants to read. We take a weekly trip to the library year-round so she can always find something to read. I chose Tuesdays for writing because during the summer we attend a Movie in the park on Monday nights. On Tuesday if she can't find something to write about she can always write about the movie. She can also write in a notebook or even type up a minimum of 10 complete sentences on her blog. Wednesday we will work on math. Since this was the hardest subject for my daughter this year we will spend the summer reviewing everything she learned. To make this more fun there are websites like multiplication.com that have fun games for practicing math. Since my daughter's school is project based I wanted a day where she can get the creative juices flowing. Friday's can be as simple as a watercolor painting or as complicated as a science project.
Now let's see how well we can keep on schedule!
What kinds of summer activities do you have planned?