Even though we do follow a somewhat “traditional” school schedule, taking the bulk of the summer off so my boys can play with their public-school friends, I do feel learning in the summer is important. Even when the boys were in school, I made them do some basic work each summer, just to keep their brains working!!
This summer, I am mostly focusing on math, reading and writing. My youngest is just now fully mastering his multiplication/division facts, and I know if he doesn’t practice, he WILL forget, so I have him using Math Rider on weekedays this summer to keep up. I got to review Math Rider as part of the TOS Crew this year (see my reviews under math for the whole story 🙂 ) and it still is a really great program for him. The lessons are short, but effective, and, because it is a computer game, I don’t get a LOT of complaints about having to do it!! Right now he is at the advanced level on the program, and I am hoping to have him to mastery by the time we go back to school.
For my oldest, I have him doing Big IQ kids math practice each day. Again, this is a program I got to review this year, and we really liked it. It is web-based and has all kinds of programs. We used the states program during the school year, but for summer, he is just doing math. So far, he’s practiced multi-digit multiplication/division etc. The lessons are short, and of course, being computer based, it’s more “fun” for him.
Both of the boys are keeping reading logs this summer, with the assignment to read one chapter each day and write about it. I ask my youngest for 3 complete sentences and my oldest for 5. I have let them choose their own books for the summer, but I do correct the writing, because that is one area they both need to work on.
So far, this has gone well. Of course, being boys (at least my boys), they’d much rather just play all the time. But, they know that is not an option, and really, the work only takes about 30 minutes per day. I do ask them to do their math as soon as they wake up, but they have until dinner to do their reading. I’m hoping this helps keep them on track, and eases our transition back into regular school in August!
If you’d like more info about Math Rider or Big IQ Kids, check out my reviews in the archives, or go to these websites: