Summer is officially here!  The kids are out of school.  Vacation, summer camps, trips to grandmas and ice cream are some of the top priorities for summer 2019.  Somewhere in between all of that we have to make sure that our soon to be first grader is prepared. At the conclusion of Matthews kindergarten graduation we were given a packet of worksheets that we were encouraged to complete over the summer.  His teacher suggested that we spend 10-15 minutes a day on academics.  Because I am an organizer I decided to develop a calendar that we will implement over the summer to help Matthew stay on track. In addition, he’s not a fan of “school” surprises so the more he knows up front the better it is for everyone. 

Kindergarten tune-up

Reading

  • Sight words
  • Child led reading: Matthews favorites 
  • Pair reading 
  • Read everything!!

Writing

  • Lined paper: in first grade they will use lines paper where the lines are closer.  We are introducing this concept early. 
  • Upper and lower case letters
  • Sight words 
  • Name
  • Numbers 
  • Writing from left to right and top to bottom

Math

  • Math facts
  • Addition
  • Possibly subtraction
  • Counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Number recognition

Bonus work which we call quick challenges:

  • Clock recognition 
  • Money recognition and value
  • Tying his shoe
  • Word search 
  • Maze’s

Toolkit:

  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Worksheets that cover the topics listed above, you can find a ton of resources online
  • Flash cards
  • Play money
  • Library card
  • Mini dry erase board
  • Dry erase markers

Kindergarten to first grade

Tips:

  • Combine skills – math facts combines writing the answer and knowledge 
  • Set a timer: by providing time limits we have found that it keeps him engaged and on task
  • Downtime: the weekends are made for fun, exploration, and yes….video games. 
  • Make reading a lifestyle: story-time is part of our bedtime routine.  It encourages a lifestyle of learning, reading and thinking.  Read something everyday. 
  • Choices: when we do worksheets or reading we allow Matthew to choose because we ultimately want him to feel as if he has some control over his learning experience.  
  • Relax: remember that your child is still a child.  It is the summer and learning should be enjoyable, not a chore, especially at this age.  If you miss a day….it’s ok!

We hope that you can take these suggestions and tailor them to your child’s specific needs.  Learning is on going and never ending, let’s create an environment where is enjoyable and effective.  

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