Math. You remember math - geometry, algebra, trig. Or more to the point, maybe you don't. And until the kids know 7x8 as well as they know their favorite ice cream flavor, they need to keep practicing. What math skills are studied over the summer, obviously, depend on the level of math your child is in at school. Perhaps, they had a tough year and they need to reinforce what they learned in order to be ready for the next level. Or, they may have had a good math year and are confident in their arithmetic skills. I supply my kids with a stack of math workbooks for the summer, trying to span a little reinforcement from the previous year and a challenge of looking forward to next year's math. This year, I've got Singapore Math for the word problems and Kumon for the basic skills (ex. how to multiply fractions).
|Math work for every grade|
Reading. We put our library cards into overdrive for the summer. I encourage them to read a book a week - a mere 8 books over the summer! Elle also has required reading for 9th grade, with related written work, so that of course is her priority, but she's the reader and will get a bunch of leisure reading done, too. Our library has a book challenge, when the kids have read a certain number of books, they get a prize. Barnes & Noble offers one, too.
Make up your own house reading challenge - number of books for the younger set, number of pages for the older folks. I'm not big on elaborate prizes, but do consider one, I mean, what's a challenge without a prize. Perhaps a book gift card, getting to pick out cupcakes when the challenge is met, or an outing to somewhere fun.
Check my post specifically on reading for more tips on getting thru the summer books.
|Learning cursive is on the summer agenda|
Cursive. Perhaps its the new curriculum, but my little ones don't get cursive in school. J is going into 5th grade and only writes in print. I know the arguments: "no room in the curriculum," "everybody types anyway," "at least they can print." Yeah, heard it all. But what happens when they are given something in cursive and then have to say, "I can't read this"? What happens when they have to actually sign their name on something? What happens when they become grown people and want to write in something other than their elementary print? Cursive writing is on the list for the summer. (BTW - I printed letter guides from www.handwritingforkids.com.)
All this, and yes, we will still manage to get to the pool and basketball games and tennis practice and the zoo and the park and make ice cream and cook dinner and have a picnic and lounge around and do nothing. It is summer, after all.