Sunday, June 24, 2012

Learning Time Part 1

Right now it is the summer, so instead of "Homework Time", we will have "Learning Time". This is very important for several reasons. First, children often lose up to 2 months of learning over the summers. As a former teacher, I can tell you that the first month of the school year is all about reteaching. Second, it is necessary that we retain a structure that carries over from the school year. My oldest son has Asperger's Syndrome and structure is very important for him. He likes knowing what is planned. Third, my middle son is starting Kindergarten next year - it is a half day program with large enrollment. I feel that there will be many holes to fill in his learning. (I am sure his teacher will be excellent, but probably can't teach much in only 2 and a half hours.)

Basketball on SumdogA few skills that I often find older students need to practice religiously are math facts and reading comprehension. For math facts, I recommend Xtramath. It is free to sign up and works on addition, subtraction, multiplication,and division. I also highly recommend Sumdog. It has free games based on the state's math standards that your child can play to improve his/her math scores. My son loves it.

As far as comprehension is concerned, the best thing you can do for your child is make them read EVERY day. Bookadventure is a wonderful, free website that allows your child to take a test on regular children's literature. It also lets you print lists so that you can get books at the appropriate grade level.If your child earns enough points, s/he can earn prizes such as a free subscription to Highlights magazine. Pretty cool, huh?
My next post will cover Pre-K skills.


  1. Awesome ideas! I'll have to try them with my younger sons. For older kids, I also recommend the website for math and science. It is also good for adults who need to review math that they learned ages ago (okay, that would be me!). I love that you are such an awesome mommy.

  2. Thank you Pammy for both the compliment and the cool new website,

  3. I like the bookadventure know me, reading was always my favorite school activity anyways. I will share this with Melissa and see if we can get the boys reading this summer.

  4. Anonymous, I do know how much you love to read. I think Melissa would like this website too.