How can we prevent kids from forgetting everything they were taught, CREATE A SKILLS REINFORCEMENT KIT that targets math, reading, writing, and spelling.
I am going to have little man practice addition/subtraction facts three times a week for ten minutes. To make this fun he will be able to choose a variety of ways to practice including using dice, cards, manipulatives, flashcards or worksheets to practice with. I also found these games at Confessions of a Homeschooler that I think will be lots of fun.
Assign students to practice spelling words three times a week for ten minutes each. Child may write his words, use letter beads, letter tiles, magnets etc. A good resource for spelling words is the Dolch list which includes "service words" (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs) which cannot be learned through the use of pictures.
I really think writing is important so I am going to encourage little man to free write at least one paragraph three times weekly in his notebook and illustrate each piece after he's written. I hope to expand his writing topics and will provide him with the occassional writing prompt. I found this notebook at Target which has lines at the bottom and a blank space for illustrations.
Little man will read for ten minutes three times a week at least, and we will continue with our nighttime routine of reading a story to him. I also printed off this hundred's board to track the number of books that he reads. I'm thinking that after reading 10 books he can earn a reward maybe a trip to Ritas for an icee or a trip to the dollar store.
Heres a list of suggested items to have on hand for your reinforcement kit
- deck of cards
- letter tiles or beads
- box of crayons, colored pencils or markers
- Magnetic Poetry words or word stickers or cards (write a variety of words on pieces of index cards or plain stickers)
- books at reading level
- printable math worksheets or workbooks at child's academic level
- printable spelling word lists
I dont know if I ever shared with you all but I use to be a teacher. I absolutely loved teaching 3rd grade, but its a hard job that doesn't pay well at all in my state so I decided to transition to higer education which pays much more but I am definitely not as passionate about it as I was teaching the little people. I honestly still get a thrill out of going in teacher supply stores and I stalk homeschool blogs all the time because I secretly would love to homeschool at least through the elementary years.
Do any of you homeschool?
Whats your plan to keep your kids brain powered up over the summer?