Preventing Losses in Reading and Other Subjects
Retaining a reading level over the summer is possibly the easiest one to tackle. All your kids need to do is read. The trick is to make it fun. During the school year, students don't have as much flexibility on what books they can read. During the summer, let your child pick what they want to read, even if the material is a bit below their reading level or if it is something they have read before. Now is the time for children to really read for pleasure.
If you or your child are struggling with finding a book or series to read, check with your local librarians. Summer reading clubs at your local library are also an easy and free incentive in getting children to read. Summer is also the perfect time for you and your child to read a book together aloud. Pick out that book you have been wanting to share with your child or grab the one your child has been eyeing that is at a higher reading level. Read the book aloud to one another a chapter or so at a time. This is a great evening or quiet time activity.
Look up some simple science experiments online that you can do over the summer, or look for an age-appropriate show on Animal Planet or the History Channel instead of turning on cartoons, or elsewhere on Bright Hub Education. Watch the show with your kids and then look for other activities that you can do as a family to support what you have learned. Summer learning can be fun.
Carson-Dellosa Publishing puts out a series of workbooks called Summer Bridge Activities. Each book is leveled according to what grade the child is entering. So, the book labeled 4-5 is for students moving from 4th to 5th grade. The activities cover all subject areas and in 15 minutes a day, your child can cover and review basic skills in math, science, social studies, and language arts during their summer vacation.