This online reading program from Reading Kingdom might be your way to avoid the summer slide and get that reading actually done over the vacation months. Start with the link below to one mom’s review and then explore the site and the other testimonials.
Mixing in fun activities with the reading should make the whole experience more fun and less ‘work’ for the kids, meaning they should be more willing to do it, which is really the whole point, isn’t it?
Writing often gets short shrift over the summer when everyone thinks to focus on reading, and maybe math. But in fact, writing can be the easiest of the three to actually get them to do as it’s creative and fun, especially when they get good ideas to run with.
If they’re already on there, they’re ready and available when they need something to do and these somethings are at least somewhat educational. Instead of I’m bored or wiggly squirms in the doctors office, hand them a little summer learning fun.
Been talking a lot about preventing the summer slide– and it’s all over the parenting sites and tweets too. Glad to see people are taking it seriously and providing resources to diminish the problem. Here’s a good resource for the slightly older set:
It’s not just reading that suffers, and for some kids it might actually be easier to engage their brains with science (or math) than reading. So load a bunch of these up on your mobiles so they’re ready and waiting when the opportunity presents itself.
The summer slide isn’t ONLY about reading- it’s about all things academic. And I can’t think of a more fun way to get the grey matter working than with some of these hands-on science experiments brought to you by the BBC:
We all take so much for granted– making it harder to teach our kids to be grateful for all their advantages. But it is important that they grow up understanding how really privileged they are compared to others in our world.