Balancing four children, ranging in age from two to thirteen can be a challenge some days, especially when you add in homeschooling. I want to be sure that I am giving all of my children the time and education that they deserve and for me that often means utilizing resources that can help simplify our homeschool.
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I personally believe that kindergarten work should be short and allow for lots of time for play, reading, and life skills. I also know that retention will be better if we keep doing at least a little reading and math through the summer. I love how the Evan-Moor K-1 Daily Summer Activities book gives me age appropriate activities that reinforce key skills in just a few simple minutes a day and help us avoid the ‘summer slide’.
The K and 1 Daily Summer Activities book is designed to be used during the summer between kindergarten and first grade. We started using it as a supplement to some of the work our six-year-old was already doing to see if it was a good fit for him as we are finishing up kindergarten and preparing for summer.
I really liked the fact that it is very open and go, there was no preparation needed on my part and each page or activity took just a few minutes to complete. This book includes activities that cover reading, math, spelling, critical thinking, and geography skills. There are ten weeks worth of activities. Each week has five days of activities with two pages per day. There is a sheet at the beginning of each week with stars representing the different pages. The student can color in the stars as they complete each page. This is great motivation for young students. Each week also has a space to draw something fun they do each day and to track their reading time each day.
There is also a great chart at the beginning of the book that shows which skills are covered each week. In addition to showing you what skills are being covered through the summer, this gives you the opportunity to skip around and focus on skills that your child may need reinforced or skip activities that your child isn’t yet ready to complete.
In addition to the skills chart, there is a great book list with suggestions for books to read together and ideas for learning excursions and other ways to encourage your student and set them up for success.
Each day’s activities only took a few minutes to complete which is perfect for keeping students engaged and on track through the summer, but still allowing plenty of time for fun and recreation. Each page has a couple of different activities, from tracing letters, simple math facts, drawing, following directions, and matching sounds. There are even some fun mazes and dot to dot activities to keep things interesting.
At the back of the book there is an answer key for parents. While I did not really need the answer key for this level, this feature will come in handy at the older levels when I don’t’ want to have to try to figure the math out in my head. It is also helpful if there is ever a question about an activity. There is also a page full of stickers that you can use to reward your child for a job well done.
Overall, my son really enjoyed this workbook and the quick review. I loved having the review for so many subjects all together in one easy to use resource. I think this book is an easy way to keep children on track and ready to go when instruction starts back in the fall. While he did the K and 1 level, they also have a book for the summer between PreK and K and levels that go up as high as the summer between 7th and 8th grades. They are available directly from Evan-Moor or on Amazon and only cost $12.99 (Amazon price may vary). Be sure to check them out and let me know what you think.
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