Using last year’s assignments, locate your child’s “trouble spots” and create educational games to reinforce tough concepts. “Real world” activities such as earning and spending money are great for making connections. Obtain your child’s curriculum for the coming year (you may be able to borrow materials through the school, or purchase them at a bookstore). Give your child a jump start for the new school year by strengthening his/her skills in certain subjects or by exploring and encouraging already apparent talents.
TIP**You can now enroll your child in accredited independent study online and receive full credit at your school? These courses are a great way to re-take a difficult class at your child's own pace or to take something new.
2) TEST PREPARATION - Spring Ahead, Don’t Fall Back!
The summer is the BEST time to start preparing for the SAT, SSAT, ISEE or other standardized tests that are looming in the fall. It is also a great way to work on tricky math facts. During the summer your child can really focus on developing test taking skills & math aptitude because there isn’t a lot of schoolwork to distract him.
3) SUMMER READING AND REPORT WRITING - Keep It Fun!
The best approach to creating a genuine enjoyment for reading is to allow your child to choose what he’d like to read. Go to the library and research different topics until he finds the one that jumps out at him. Then begin writing drafts and reports. These skills will benefit your child forever. Once he’s hooked you’ll find his comprehension, vocabulary and his organizational skills will all improve!
4) CREATIVE WRITING AND JOURNAL WRITING - Imagination!
Does your child dread the writing assignments and the proverbial blank page? Stimulate
5) SIGHT WORDS AND VOCABULARY REINFORCEMENT - Practice makes perfect!
If your child was not 100% comfortable with his vocabulary or sight words at the end of the school year, this is a great activity to make up some ground. Go through your child’s favorite story books and transfer challenging words to index cards and help your child master these words by sight. Have your child come up with fun sentences to develop a deeper understanding of the words.
6) EXPLORATION OF TALENTS and ABILITIES - Uncover your child’s uniqueness.
An investigative parent can record those things that most attract his/her child. Maybe your child is interested in music or computers? If your child is crazy about something, support that interest! Keep track of those things that your child is consistently drawn to, as they may hold the answers to his future aspirations.
Kim Hartley, Executive Director and Educational Consultant at Buddy System is available for interviews or bookings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kim at 888.988.8867 x 4. Visit www.buddysystem.com for more information about tutoring and other programs.