Summer Learning

My godson just finished his Kindergarten year of school.  And he did very well in math, spelling and reading.  But I do not want him to lose those skills over the summer.  I want him to utilize and enhance his skills.

I was brainstorming to see what activities I can do with him during the summer that will be entertaining, yet educational.  I want him to enter first grade prepared, and possibly even a little further progressed.  So, I came up with a list of things for us to do this summer.

I really want him to focus on reading.  He did very well in spelling, and even received a reading award at the end of the school year.  But it will benefit him more to use all the spelling words when reading.  

I've signed him up for an online reading program that incorporates games and fun characters into the content.  I also want to take him to the public library and get him a library card.  He's never gone to a public library before, and I believe this will be a great experience.  His teacher provided a suggested summer reading list, so we'll frequent the library every two weeks for him to check out books.

My godson created his very first science project this school year.  He was very excited about it, and wanted to do several projects that were too advanced for him.  I want to use the summer months to start planning for next year's science fair.  This will allow him plenty of time to research and select his project.  We can even test out some of the ideas to find one that he likes best.

He enjoys going to the zoo, so I want to ensure that we make several trips there.  He usually takes the zoo map and takes control of navigating us through the zoo.  I'm going to check and see what educational programs they will be offering for the summer at both the zoo and Children's museum.

In order to maintain his math skills, my goal is to practice addition and subtraction with him.  I plan to complete some online worksheets with him.  I also want to purchase him a board game that incorporates math as well. (See this post for more ideas).  I don't want to overwhelm him, so we'll try to do math without him really knowing that's what we're doing.

I am very passionate about education and want to ensure that my godson gets the best education possible.  So, the summer learning will definitely be beneficial to him.  We just have to work on behavior... that's going to be fun.  :)

How will you incorporate summer learning for your children?


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