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Thursday, June 6, 2013

SCHOOLS OUT!! ~ do you continue learning at home??




School is out --



but do you still encourage you children to learn??? 

I was reading an artical about "SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN"...many intersting facts came to light-“Summer learning loss affects every child,” says Matthew Boulay, interim CEO of the National Summer Learning Association, 
 I was shocked some students can fall more than two months behind in both math and reading.



But what Boulay and other summer learning experts are quick to point out is that doing more of the same over the break (like going into assignment mode with those workbooks and drills) isn’t necessarily the best solution. Differing from the norm seemed to be a common resolve-Take a page from the homeschooling playbook by creating multidimensional projects that capture kids’ attention.

let kids loose on some math sites like mathcats.com
funbrain.com/numbers.html
and coolmath.com,coolmath4kids.com   my kids favorite

 If they like science-sciencewithme.com or
 The Earth Science Enterprise  My daughter Loves the What on Earth? game!

Do you have "learning/school" projects you do with your children through the summer??

We do reading log and after they have 3 hours of reading logged in --at about 20 minutes a day its about every other week they get a treat. Small motivation works wonders!

Are there any other great learning sites you'd like to share? Ways you incorporate learning into your summer?? 



28 comments:

  1. I always encourage my kids to pick up books to read during the summer. It not only helps them with their reading skills but it is an opportunity to learn new vocabulary words.

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    1. so true...I love to read and have done my best to get my kids on the bandwagon too =)

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  2. Even though school will end soon for my kids we still implement learning daily. It maybe just an hour or so but we do it. We read and still do math and fun games. Just to help prepare them for the next grade. Great post!

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  3. My son is only 3-1/2 and went to pre-school. I will continue to work with him and make it fun. I just bought ABCmouse.com for a year.

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    1. ABCmouse is a good one for a preschooler...I used it with my kids too.

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  4. I make sure they keep their minds fresh with reading and watching educational things :)

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    1. Even just taking an every day experance and braking it down can be fun---like how does a blender work?? as you make smoothies.

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  5. I keep my kids learning, but taking day trips to the zoo, working on writing and practicing letters, numbers and colors while playing with chalk. I also have them on ABCmouse.com, and other online learning websites.

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  6. Yes, we continue... we still have the no electronics till you read rule... and we have workbooks

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  7. I always wanted to do projects through the summer, but never did. The best we ever did was simple workbooks and lots of reading.

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  8. I try to keep my kids reading during the summer. That's the only "learning" I ask of them while they're on break from school.

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  9. I think learning in the real world is just as important. WE will go to museums, read etc.
    Great points though as always.

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  10. My boys are not in school just yet (will do starting September). Every day can be a lesson learnt, There is always new to learn and discover...be it summer or Sunday, so yeah, we always try to learn something new.

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  11. Absolutely! Reading, math, etc.

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  12. We read everyday - if you want to do anything else - you have to read! And now it is just a habit for our kiddos :)

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  13. My son isn't in school yet- so, yes... we'll be continuing the learning at home all summer long. He's still little (2 1/2), so we use apps like PBS Kids (they have great learning games), and we use our LeapFrog Jr. Reader system, too. He loves those! I also try to do one art/craft project with him a day during the week. I'd be lost without Pinterest for ideas! :)

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  14. Thanks a lot! all info I can get in this matter is really helpful

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  15. I always give my daughter two weeks to unwind, relax and do whatever she likes. She loves reading so that's not a problem but I have to find creative ways to get the math work in.

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  16. My son isn't in grade school yet, but I'm just going to do what my mom always did and teach year-round home-school. Everything gets done so much easier that way, and if you all need a day off, you just take one!

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