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what have you done this summer to keep your kids minds busy?

i have a child that is 7 and a half and will be going into the first grade. i held him back last year because he was very behind. he has tutoring one day a week for 2 hours but i want to do more for him so he will not be so far behind. what do you suggest i can do with him besides read and work on the things he learned in kindergarden. thanks for your responces.


Asked by Momof3Squirts at 12:34 PM on Jun. 18, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • You can make up games that include math or reading skills with things he likes to do. We have some small orange cones that we put in our drive way and let the kids do things like jump over 3 cones, go left, go right, walk backwards past 2 cones, etc. etc. You can incorporate scooters, skates, bicycles, etc. or have races. You can use sidewalk chalk and put letters or words all over the place and move from one to another or throw balls at them to make words or stories. A lot of board games are also good for fun learning activities. The more you can make things seem like a game and the less like school the more excited your child will be.

    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 12:45 PM on Jun. 18, 2009

  • Do you have a local community college or parks department that offers programs? Check out what they have. My son is attending a program at the community college in our town. He's going to script his own video game and then learn how to program it. In the past we've found programs through our library and parks department that did a good job at keeping his mind moving.

    Check out major chain book stores, restaurants and your local library for summer reading logs. My two are both doing reading logs for Barnes and Noble and Borders, plus our library. They get prizes, discounts and free merchandise from each for completing a certain number of books on their own.

    Check out math web sites. Google "online math games" - you'll find a TON of web sites with fun activities online and off.

    Visit places of historical significance if you can and/or science museums.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 1:32 PM on Jun. 18, 2009

  • Ours is going into first next year. He's smart for his age so I am making him do a summer journal, and he is learning his addition facts and is starting Spanish. We are homeschooling next year though, so the break won't be as long as it typically would be between grades.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 PM on Jun. 18, 2009