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August 19th, 2006, 07:01 PM
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Hi! As hard as your children work all year long in school, a 2-3 month break can really set them back educationally. It is a shame to let that happen. Instead of watching your child struggle, here are a few suggestions that will keep your son/daughter's brain active & ready for the next school year.

1) Go to the teacher supply store or online (see links below) & purchase a workbook that covers all subjects. They normally come by grade level. You may even want to get the next year up & give your child a preview of the coming year.
2) For 3rd grade on, flashcard your child on basic addition, subtraction, multiplication & division facts. The better they are, the more time will be saved when your child is learning new objectives.
3) Have either a weekly vocabulary list or a daily word. Enriching their vocabulary will help tremendously with reading skills.
4) Visit the local library! They normally have story times & puppet shows on specific days. They also have reading contests w/ great prizes.
5) Go on "field trips" to the zoo, museum, etc. They all have great summer programs for children & are educational in nature.
6) Do easy science experiments at home. They are so much fun & your kids will LOVE the hands on activity opportunity.

Here are some great links for teacher supply stores, especially if there isn't one in your town. I hope this helps!

Southwest Teacher Supply
Lakeshore Learning
Teacher Store House
Applebee Company
ABC Teacher's Outlet
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August 19th, 2006, 07:36 PM
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I tell a lot of my friends that summer is a great time to learn a language . Beyond workbooks and the usually drills there are a lot of activities you can attend in the summer that will help your child with a new tongue. Public libraries often have a foreign language story hour where you get to hear a couple books in the language but also listen to music, make crafts, and other activities. Daily trips out of the house can be made into great foreign language experiences; for example, if you take your child to the zoo, request the foreign laguage map (usually french and spanish but some carry others). (you'd be surprised other places that carry foriegn language maps- malls, parks, etc). Check to see if there are any festivals or heritage parades in your area.

Anyway, those are just a few ideas to help your child in learning a second language through fun during the summer!
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August 19th, 2006, 07:56 PM
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That is wonderful information! I agree, summertime is great to do fun learning! Music lessons, art lessons & other fun, hands on activities are perfect for the summer months.
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August 20th, 2006, 01:01 PM
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A fun way to have students practice their math facts (without even realizing it) is through card games.
My son and I used to play these games at home. (I remove the face cards to play these games but you can keep them in for older kids)

Multiplication War: the first person to yell out the product or sum (depending on the operation you choose) of the two cards you've flipped over, get to keep the cards. The person with the most cards at the end wins. (A great variation for 6th-9th graders is Integers War where the Red cards are negative and the black cards are positive).

Place Value Secret Number: each player draws 9 cards from the deck (you can vary the number of cards being drawn depending the the place value you are working with). So nine cards would be up the 100 millions, 7 cards would be up to millions, 6 cards=thousands, etc.). Once each player has drawn their cards (A-9 cards should only be in the deck) they try to build the biggest number. Once each player has built the largest number they can, each player goes around the table saying their number, properly. **REMEMBER: we don't use the word "and" when reading whole numbers. The person with the highest number wins!!!

Number Headbands: This game works well with three players. 2 players draw and a third calls out the answers. So for instance, each player has a deck of cards in their hand. The 2 "drawers" draw a card from the deck and put it up to their forehead (without looking at their own card). The caller yells out the sum or product-whichever operation you choose to play with; and then the two drawers face eachother to see the other person's card and then have to yell out what THEIR card is based on the answer and what the other person's card is.
It sounds confusing but it is such a fun game! I would play this game with my class all the time and they LOVED it. I would just have two kids up at the front as the drawers and then the whole class would yell out the product. The loser would sit down and then the next student in the row would get up to challenge the winner.

I just have a bucket of playing cards at home and in my classroom with the face cards removed. Casinos are a great place to get cheap (and sometimes free if you tell them you're a teacher) playing cards that are GOOD quality.

Have fun!
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August 20th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Great ideas! I play the 1st 2 games w/ my students in school. It is great & fun. They don't even realize that they are learning & practicing. As a matter of fact, we will be playing the 2nd one tomorrow. We played Multiplication War on Friday!
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