Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has to stop! Keep reading for some tips and tools to continue your student’s love of learning throughout the Summer. To see the Required Summer Reading list, click here.
Leveled Reading Lists
Choosing leveled books is a good way to make sure your child is reading a “just right book,” which means it’s not too easy and it’s not too hard. It should be just challenging enough to stretch your child to become a better reader. Obviously practice is key to becoming better at anything. Our brains need practice in order to form the neural connections needed to accomplish any task.
With that being said, if your child enjoys other books, allow them to read & explore all types of books- His/Her reading level isn’t the end all…
Also, kids are NEVER too old to be read to- They still love it even when they are in JH or HS. Take time to read some books together! It will open up discussions and connections this summer.
There are multiple ways books are leveled, but as a school, Lakewood uses the Guided Reading (A-Z) leveling system. Look at your child’s report card to see their approximate reading level. The lists below will help you identify the types of books that will be good for your child this summer.
**NOTE: These lists are published online and have been deemed useful for finding leveled books for kids. However the titles represented & content within them have not been reviewed by Lakewood Park Christian School.**
Book Lists :
For older students:
Yes, cognitive skills can be developed by playing games- No, not usually video games- real games!! Here’s list of games you can play with your kids that make them THINK!… This list is thanks to Dr. Jeanne Zehr of the MindCAP Center in Fort Wayne, and more details can be found with a Google search.
Games for Young (Preschool) Children
*Blink (quickly comparing)
* Toot and Otto (planning, sequencing)
*Barnyard Critters (logic, hypothetical thinking)
* Left, Center, Right (spatial sense for left & right)
* Open Sesame (memory)
*Walk the Dogs (planning, visual transport)
*The Storybook Game (memory, vocab, sequencing)Camelot Jr. (planning, logical evidence, hypothetical thinking)
*Feed the Kitty (spatial orientation, visual representation)Tenzi (quickly comparing, systematic searching, accuracy)
*Spot It/Spot It Jr. (conserving constancies, systematic searching, memory)
*All Wrapped Up (memory, sequencing, mental flexibility)
Games for Older ( Elementary) Children – Adult
*Skribble (visualizing, planning, predicting)
*Take Your Pick (point of view, predicting)
*Linkity (forming relationships)
*Squint/Squint Jr. (visualizing, analyzing-integrating)* Khet (originally Deflexion) (spatial sense, planning)
*Ricochet Robots (spatial sense, planning, angles)Apples to Apples (comparing, labels, vocab)
* Dread Pirate (planning, spatial sense)
*Boggle (systematic search, word-building)
*Worst-Case Scenario (hypothetical thinking, relevant cues)
*Survival Game Right turn, Left turn (spatial sense, precision, accuracy)
* Pente (planning, using more than 1 source of info)
* Logic Links (logical reasoning)* Noodlers (hypothetical thinking, planning, precision)Air Traffic Control Tower (spatial sense, precision)
*Quarto (planning, using more than 1 source of info)
*Gobblet (memory, planning)
* Rush Hour (spatial sense, planning, sequencing)
* Safari Undercover (spatial sense)
*Spot It (conserving constancies, systematic searching, memory)
*Pentago (conserving constancies, point of view, spatial sense)Quadrago (spatial sense)
*Grid Works (deductive reasoning)
*Rumis (visualizing, spatial sense, planning)
*Color Code (analytical perception, logic, hypothetical thinking)
Whether your child likes to write or not, it’s important that s/he learns to do it well. No matter their age, keeping a summer journal can be a great way to keep kids on track and to help prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” Make it fun!… Let your child choose and/or decorate his/her summer journal. Also, have the whole family do it together- If everyone journals after dinner for 5-10 minutes, the kids will take note of what you’re doing and be more apt to be willing to follow your lead. Here are some ideas of what to put in the journal.
- Summer adventures- Either write about what you do each day or make it into a fantasy story by using the ideas of what you did that day, but make it bigger than life fiction
- Have everyone write out a plan for a family fun day, then read them outloud and vote on your favorite- Then carry out the plan and DO IT!!
- Notes to each other or to friends or relatives you don’t get to see often
- Prayers and/or reflections
- Or try some of these ideas!!:
It’s not enough to just DO an activity with your child… Be sure they understand the why or how something happens or works. If you don’t understand either, that’s OK! Learn together! Model the process of wondering, researching, and learning. Also, encourage them to organize their observations in pictures, charts, etc. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but teaching our brains to organize, categorize, and compare is foundational to all other learning… Science can be a fun way to train your brain!!! Here are some fun science-type ideas to try this summer:
- https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/2012/06/06/sick-science-summer-camp-experiments-and-activities-to-keep-your-kids-busy-learning-this-summer/ (a new activity each week!)
Math can be something you love or something you hate… Regardless of your personal feelings about math, it’s necessary to be able to do math, and to do math efficiently. Here are some ideas for practicing math skills during the summer months without it looking like a worksheet:
- https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/ (Math information & articles for parents)
No matter how old your child is, there are always things they can be learning. From measuring & counting to problem solving, encourage your kids to have some “screen free days” this summer. Here are some ideas of things your kids could do instead:
- Play a game (non-video)
- Take a walk
- Run a lemonade stand for the benefit of a charity
- Make or bake something for someone who needs encouragement
- Write letters or make cards to cheer someone up
- Practice using a tape measure
- Practice find the area of places outside
- If you have internalized it yet, practice giving directions using your left and right (many adults still have trouble with this, so don’t assume your kids know!)
- Have a debate on a topic that is important to you right now
- Trying living life blindfolded for an hour or even a day- what did you learn?
- Do a RAK (random act of kindness) for someone
- Go to the library and find a new book or a new series that will interest you
- If you haven’t mastered it yet, learn to tie your shoes