In the blink of an eye, the new school year will be right around the corner! While at home during the summer, a daily routine of reading, writing, and practicing math facts will help raise your child’s confidence ahead of entering the next grade level. Here are a few recommendations to help your child make a smooth transition.
Reading for Fun
Encourage your child to read books that appeal to his/her interests. For children who cannot yet read on their own, being read to aloud by an adult or older sibling is a wonderful way to finish a busy day. For book ideas, see this list of fun children’s chapter books.
Understanding and Expanding Math Skills
For younger children, talk positively about math and provide examples of how addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are tools for solving everyday problems. Explain how math is necessary to know the cost of going out for lunch, saving money to purchase a toy, and determining the cost of groceries during a trip to the market.
For older children, who have a strong grasp of their basic math facts, Accelerated Math (AM) is an excellent way to expand their mastery of mathematics. It enables them to review a variety of math topics to remain current.
Write Every Day
Writing is an accrued skill. Steady practice results in better writing. Parents can help their younger children foster a love for writing by encouraging them to write in a journal every day. Keeping these journal entries will help track the progression of writing skills over time.
Along with assisting in practicing academic skills, it’s equally important for parents to remember that encouragement goes a long way towards helping their children prepare for the next grade level.