One educational issue that worries parents and teachers during the summer is retention of concepts learned in school. How can we prevent kids from forgetting everything they were taught? Here’s an easy, inexpensive alternative to tutoring: personal reinforcement kits. Make these kits and keep them in the car for quick refreshers during car rides.
Here’s how to a make a summer math, reading, writing and spelling reinforcement kit. You will need:
-recycled shoe box
-deck of playing cards with face cards removed (great way to recycle those decks of playing cards that are missing cards)
-letter tiles or beads
-assortment of game playing pieces, marbles, milk rings, bread tags, twist ties. You will need ten each of 3 different colors. These are used for borrowing and carrying practice. The different colors represent place values (ones, tens, hundreds)
-box of crayons, colored pencils or markers
-cheap notebook ($.05-$.10 each at before school sales) or note pad
-Magnetic Poetry words or word stickers or cards (write a variety of words on pieces of index cards or plain stickers)
-snack sized zipper bags
-book at reading level
-printable math worksheets at child’s academic level
-printable spelling word lists are child’s academic
How to Use:
Print a summer calendar and attach to the inside of the notebook.
Math practice: Assign child to practice math facts, times tables or addition/subtraction facts three times a week for ten minutes. Child can choose the dice, cards, manipulatives, flashcards or worksheets to practice with. For more information on how to use math manipulatives, check my article 10 Free Easy Ways to Practice Math Facts (click here).
Spelling: Assign students to practice spelling words three times a week for ten minutes each. Child may write his words or make words with letter beads.
Writing: Assign child to free write at least one paragraph three times weekly in his notebook. Ask that he also illustrate each piece after he’s written.
Reading: Assign child to read for ten minutes three times a week at least.
-The child should mark off on his calendar on each day he practices. He can use a simple code of R-read, W-write, S-spelling, M-math.
This summer reinforcement system can be used during travel, while waiting at the doctor’s office, most anywhere. It will take the child only two hours of his summer week. Parents, older siblings or caregivers can easily check to see that work is completed. He can complete activities as his schedule allows. You may wish to reward successful completion of the summer reinforcement activities. For more lesson plans and homeschool activities, visit me at www.freelessonplans4u.blogspot.com.