I think we all know that our little ones experience learning loss when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer, but did you know that research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation vs. on the same tests at the beginning of summer? With Brody graduating from Kindergarten on Jun 1st and school being out for the summer, I’ll be looking for ways to keep him engaged and actively learning over the summer, yet also letting him enjoy his summer. I wanted to share what we will be doing with our soon to be a 1st grader to keep his brain active.
These are candid shots I took in his classroom when all the kids graduated Kindergarten. It was a short and sweet little ceremony with all kids walking the handmade red carpet. A little cheesy but that’s okay. I just wished these pictures came out a little better.
We do have some plans to take a short vacation, but when we return I’ll be working with Brody each morning on some easy lessons. Not sure about your kiddos, but Brody hasn’t stopped wanting to learn yet. Just yesterday, he was looking at Beyond the backpack, which is an online website owned by Nick Jr. I think. I heard him counting to 12 in Spanish with Dora. He actually couldn’t wait to tell me what 12 was in Spanish because we had talked about that early that week. So, since his brain is still working on learning, I will continue with his lessons from Kindergarten.
Brody brought home ALL of his Kindergarten work, so this is the best and cheapest way for us to keep him learning through the summer. He brought home a poetry book, a writing book, a science book that really wasn’t worked in at all, a math book, and lots of other papers that I can work from. Not sure what you all thought I would say here, but as you see it’s a simple tactic and doesn’t cost a thing.
So parents, did your child bring him all their books from school? Get them out and continue where they left off. Kids will be able to identify with the work, so why not just continue it on. Most of Brody’s books have plenty of blank pages for him to write on. I’ll probably make him do two books a day, and I will also continue to read with him and let him read to me.
If you have any suggestions here for other parents on our you’re going to keep your kiddos engaged in learning this summer, please let us know in a comment.
Here’s the after party at school. It’s a beach party!!! Happy Summer!!