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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Survival Kit: Summer Edition


Hey, Parents! Summertime is quickly approaching for some and for others: It. Is. Here. (Yikes!)
Now is the time that you are probably wondering: What are the kids going to do all summer? What can I do to avoid the dreaded "summer slide" and make sure my kids can quickly get back on track when it's time to return to school? This Blog Is Why I've got you covered with some tips, tricks, and activities to keep your little ones busy and educated this summer. My main tip to you is relax and enjoy quality time together.


Of course as a Reading Teacher, I must begin with some reading tips. Follow this Top 10 Plan to develop skills that will be a help in the fall and build a life-long reader.

1. Visit a library or bookstore.
2. Set aside a time and place for reading.
3. Read at least 30 minutes per day.
4. Ask Questions (Predict, Character(s), Main Idea, Problem, Solution, Retell, Moral).
5. Ask your child to draw or write about what happened in the story.
6. Make it Fun! Act it out.
7. Make a game out of finding words that rhyme or start with the same sound.
8. Look for word or reading games to play online.
9. Ask your child to find common words in the story (the, me, up, and, go, run, to, stop, can).
10. Be an Example. Enjoy family reading time.


Below is a listing of  FREE websites:
PBS Kids  http://pbskids.org/
Starfall      http://www.starfall.com/
Fun Brain  http://www.funbrain.com/
Storyline Online  http://www.storylineonline.net/
Abcya        http://www.abcya.com/
Math Game Time    http://www.mathgametime.com/
National Geographic Kids   http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Sheppard Software   http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/
Into the Book (skip log-in)   http://reading.ecb.org/
Cool Math 4 Kids  http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
Fun 4 the Brain      http://www.fun4thebrain.com/
Scholastic Study Jams   http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/
Math Blaster  http://www.mathblaster.com/
Science Kids  http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/
Arcademics    http://www.arcademics.com/
Cool Math      http://www.coolmath.com/
Turtle Diary (skip log-in)   http://www.turtlediary.com/
Highlights Kids  https://www.highlightskids.com/
A Plus Math   http://www.aplusmath.com/
Seussville       http://www.seussville.com/
Switcheroo Zoo  http://switchzoo.com/
Sum Dog (play as guest)  https://www.sumdog.com/
Dance Mat Typing  http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr


Finally, if you want ideas for fun activities, use this link to 100 Summer Activities for Kids:
http://www.helpteaching.com/blog/summer-activities-for-kids.html

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