This post is sponsored by Workman Publishing
The school year isn’t even close to over but I’m already thinking of summer. Summer camps, summer vacations, and combatting the summer slide by helping my kids prepare for a new grade.
This year Thomas will graduate from elementary school and as he moves on to middle school, I want to make sure he’s ready. This means using a critical eye to figure out what he’s learning between now and the school year, celebrating the things he’s mastered, and understanding what could be a challenge in middle school come fall.
As a former teacher, I know that the summer slide is real. I saw confident, knowledgeable kindergartners leave for the summer and enter my first grade class having lost important spelling expertise, math concepts, and reading skills. I found my students lost about two months of grade level equivalency in math and many lost the incredible progress they had made in reading during the summer months.
To say it set us back was an understatement. The catch up that teachers play in the fall is real. Kids who consistently read, practice math facts, and write on a regular basis have a huge advantage over those who don’t.
As a parent, I embrace carefree summer days but there’s a way to build in learning in a fun way as part of your summer routine that doesn’t involve a screen thanks to Summer Brain Quest.
About Summer Brain Quest
Earlier this month the popular Brain Quest brand launched Summer Brain Quest, a collection of workbooks targeting each summer between kindergarten and 6th grade. But unlike other workbooks, Summer Brain Quest is one that kids will want to pick up and complete.