Monday, May 1, 2017

End the Summer Slide!


I know it may be early for some of you, but I couldn't wait to share with you my new 1st Grade Summer Review Pack! We only have about 3 weeks of school left, and while we are continuing to learn and grow, we fear the dreaded summer slide for our students. 

We need to remember that the summer slide is very real, but preventable if we provide our students with the right tools for the summer months

I created this 1st Grade Summer Review Pack product with my own 1st graders in mind. We work so, so hard over the school year on essential reading, language, writing and math skills that I felt I HAD to do something to keep those skills strong so they are confident and ready on the first day of 2nd grade. 

If your school is like mine, the first week back to school is spent testing in reading, writing and math. Yikes! I want those babies of mine to retain those skills we worked so hard to achieve and I want them to shine on the first day back. Imagine how proud and confident they will be when those skills are fresh in their minds.

So, with that in mind, I created a content-rich, NO FLUFF, Common Core aligned summer activities book. Many summer books out there have much less content and lots more fluff. This engaging activities book has a 2-day literacy and math routine with essential skill review in mind. 

This book is so content-rich, it is a perfect supplement to any summer school program for 1st graders entering 2nd grade!

Each day, students complete a page of literacy activities and a page of math activities. This part of their daily routine should be about 10-30 minutes, depending on their skill levels and/or parent support during activity completion. Some literacy activities require reading words and/or sounds repeatedly to an adult. These are the daily drills. It is recommended that parents are there to support during completion of all activities as well as for checking answers upon completion. Answers are included in the back of the book.
Answer Key is included! (Some literacy pages do not require written responses or responses may vary, so those pages are omitted from the answer key.)
Every 10th day is MATH GAME DAY! There are 5 engaging math games included in the activities book for students to play again and again. These games review number sense, number order, addition, subtraction, coins, and more! All they need is dice and something for game pieces. Here are 2 math game examples below:
Another key element to this summer activity book is the reading and math logs. Students set a daily reading goal (like reading for 20 minutes) and a daily math goal (like 5 minutes of flash cards). They keep track on these logs. When they reach a sun, parents can choose to give a small reward of their choice (tablet time, game time, etc.).

This part of the daily routine should be about 25-35 minutes depending on the individual goals set. 
Total time involved each day for completion of all above suggested activities: approximately 35-65 minutes.

In the fall, reward those students who show you their completed books with a prize and a certificate! Get the backing from your PTO to help with funding rewards for students! 
On the last day of school this year, I won't have the summer slide worry for my students that I have had in the past. This year will be different. Each of my first graders will leave with a bound copy of this content-rich summer activity book, 1st Grade Summer Review Pack . I know if they work on it with fidelity, they will be prepared for 2nd grade.

Get a closer look here: 1st Grade Summer Review Pack

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