This post about Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss was sponsored by Carson-Dellosa as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
I am not sure about your kids, but we have standardized testing this month, so essentially all new learning is done. This worries me because the last school bell will be ringing in a month adding 3 more months of Summer learning loss opportunity. Four months of not learning anything new can’t be good for their progression. I am not saying they need to be in school year round, but I would be willing to try it. Did you know only 15 minutes a day of doing something educational is all kids really need to keep up their new skills they spent 8 months learning. Since my kids started elementary school I have purchased Carson-Dellosa Summer Bridge Activities workbooks and despite their interest in doing workbooks in summer, I only ask them to complete a day at a time. I am not a crazy helicopter parent, but I can dedicate and need, 15 minutes that my kids have to sit quietly and complete a workbook page. I have been using these books for as long as I can remember and the kids have never complained that they have to do their “summer work”.
What I love about the Carson-Dellosa Summer Bridge Activities workbooks is that they are split into three sections or months, and then daily so you can keep track of what your kids have accomplished. The daily assignments don’t take more than 15 minutes and I love that on many days they give suggestions on fun activities or a physical challenge to get not only their mind but their body moving too.
Each day the kids find satisfaction by adding a sticker to the page they completed. Especially fun for the younger ages.
Each grade level is different, but there are note cards at the end of the work book so you can take these along on road trips or practice a few minutes each day.
If you have never seen these workbooks before, you can head over to Carson-Dellosa website and pick out the grade specific workbook for your child to get them ready to start the next grade. Here is a Coupon code for 25% off Summer Bridge workbooks. Upon check out use the Coupon code: SBA25.
They are reasonably priced and summer slide is as real as summer break. Unlike summer break, you can prevent your child from forgetting what he learned. Be sure to read the 10 fun ways to easily and effectively bridge the summer learning gap and help parents prepare their kids for the school year ahead. They have great ideas of how to use outings you would normally do in the summer and turn them into educational without the kids even knowing.
Summer Learning Loss
To make things fun in our house, we will incorporate cooking a few times. This is great practice for fractions as well as mom’s patience. We made these fun Ice Cream Cone Oreo Balls as an extra incentive to get started on our Summer Bridget Activities workbooks.
We made Oreo Balls and after we dipped them in Chocolate placed them on top of mini Ice Cream cones.
Simply dip the Oreo Balls in white chocolate.
Add sprinkles immediately. What fun way to start summer and prevent summer learning loss. Best part you don’t have to worry about these melting!
Although don’t worry about chocolate falling over the sides it looks like it is melting.
Each June I start to stress over the three long months of having the kids home with me 24/7. The best advice I need to remember is to make a plan. We all like to have schedules even in the summer. They can be loose schedules like do your Summer Bridge Activity page, read for 20 minutes, Mom and Me time. (we try to take 10 minutes each day chatting with each child). If they do the required activities they can have 20 minutes of screen time or what ever reward you find works for your children. Don’t let summer slump take away all the knowledge your kids have learned the last 8 months. Prevent summer learning loss in just 15 minutes a day.