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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.
Kids will love that each book is structured like a game. Each Summer Brain Quest workbook contains a pull-out map that guides kids on a learning quest.
The map offers a choice of routes, allowing kids to customize their learning path and pursue what excites them most (extra math problems? more hands-on science?), while encouraging them to jump around within the book to follow their curiosity. After years of doing summer packets from school labeled according to the week of summer that work needs to be completed, this is a refreshing change!
As kids complete their work, they fill in their route on the map by earning stickers for completing workbook pages as well as pursuing outdoor activities. Thomas and I love that Summer Brain Quest is like a Choose Your Own Adventure for summer work!
As a parent who knows how difficult it can be to get a child to complete summer homework packets in order, I appreciate that Summer Brain Quest recognizes the importance of individualized learning. Letting kids learn what they want and when they want thanks to the learning quest not only provides personalized educational experiences for every type of kid but keeps the learning at a level that’s just right for your child.
Having exercises are tailored to each child’s strengths, needs and interests empowers kids to have a voice in what and how they learn, while ensuring they get enough practice of the fundamentals.
Summer Brain Quest not only provides personalized learning through a fun quest but also features original artwork by video game artist Edison Yan. The visual appeal makes every book feel fresh and fun while the educational material is of the highest quality.
Each Summer Brain Quest workbook has been created in consultation with an award-winning teacher specializing in that grade to ensure that exercises are aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation State Standards, and state social studies standards.
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