Schools out for summer and the kids are home. I can attest to the validity of studies suggesting that students can digress academically over the summer. It can take up to six weeks of review just to put them back at the level they were prior to summer break. What would help them stay at and even exceed their current level in reading and writing?
Not a workbook or worksheets.
These can be boring, not on the appropriate interest level for the child, and meaningless. Bring some EXCITEMENT into a reading & writing project that is inexpensive, fun to do and a keepsake too!
While having fun and creating a memory, your children will practice:
- Complete sentence structure
- Reading Comprehension
- Context clues
In addition, he/she will become confident in his/her abilities and self-esteem will be strengthened. Confidence in oneself is motivation for learning in all areas.
1. Purchase a spiral notebook, three-prong folder with loose leaf paper or plain typing paper, or a journal from the a dollar store.
2. You will need a camera. (Digital or single use camera)
3. Using markers, title the journal or notebook, My Summer Time Fun (or something else
4. Each day your child writes about something he/she did or experienced. Someone can take a picture of them doing it or they can illustrate a picture themselves.It can be very simple:
“Today I climbed a tree.”
“I went to Home Depot with Dad to buy paint.”
“We had a picnic at the lake.”
Pre-k children can tell you about their picture and you can write down what he/she
K-1 children shouldn’t worry about perfect spelling. “Sounding out words” is still
using phonics, which is necessary. But with so many silent letters or letters that “break the rules,” children could become frustrated. The point is to ENJOY the process of writing and to write meaningful content. The more reading and writing your child does,
they will see the correct spellings. Older children can be expected to write more.
5. Take the journal on vacation. Take pictures, cut them out and glue them down and write about what’s happening. You can use the pictures from postcards and paper menus too.
6. Provide your children with lots of experiences so they have something to write about. Again, these are as simple as “We planted flowers.” or “I helped mommy make a cake.”
8. You can also write your own cards and letters for Grandparents.
9. Children are eager to read back to you what they’ve written.
10. Finally, what a wonderful keepsake for everybody! Worksheets usually get thrown away but a journal like this while be saved for the next generation to read about what “their Grandpa did when he was six.”
Enjoy this summer and write on!
Debbie was a former K-3 teacher for 9 years and a college instructor for 21 years where she taught future teachers successful reading and writing strategies.
Debbie is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, and a partner with the Polished Conference Ministries L.L.C. She facilitates an online Bible study page on Facebook, teaches Bible study in her church, and blogs at Shining Together! Debbie has written Shine! Radiating the Love of God, a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. Additionally, she has articles in the Divine Moments series, and is a monthly contributor to Refined Magazine. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She would love to speak at your next women’s event, teen event, or at the college where she brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, “A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom.” Debbie is married and has three adult children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShineEveryDayNC.