School is out THIS WEEK! YEAH! I’m SO happy to take a break from homework, school lunches, waking up a tired/cranky kid, early bedtimes and all that goes along with school. I’m ready for camping, bike rides, hanging out with friends, playing at the pool and enjoying our nice weather. (PRAY we don’t get any more snow!)
Each summer I tell myself that I’m going to have AJ continue to do SOME extra school work just so he doesn’t start the new school year behind. I feel like when it is time to start back at school in the fall, he spends too much time relearning what he did the previous year. But, every year I don’t do it! Sure, AJ still reads and writes, but we don’t practice anything else consistently. THIS YEAR though, I’m going to change that. He worked SO hard in math this year- doing his best to try to pay closer attention during tests and take his time- that I don’t want him to lose what he learned.
A good friend of mine told me about an app called Extra Math. I typically don’t pay for apps, but this was $4.99 and it’s well worth it! It’s only TEN MINUTES of math each day and it keeps score for your child. There is a video of a real person on the app talking to your child, coaching and encouraging him. Each time he does well it bumps him up to the next level so he continues learning. There are even progress reports for parents! I really like that it’s only 10 minutes- I should be able to talk AJ into doing that each day. I just want to keep his brain fresh!
What do you do to keep your child’s brain from becoming mush in the summer? I’d love some new ideas!