Last year at the end of the school year we did something for the very first time that worked so well for us, you are going to want in on this summer organizing tip for sure. Our summer plans included daily homework.
The day after school let out for the summer, I already had these two workbooks in hand from the local teacher’s store for my rising second grader and rising kindergartner. We don’t get out of school for another month, but some schools call it quits earlier than ours, so I wanted to give you time to order your books online or visit the local teacher store.
The real trick to making summer homework work is pulling the pages out of the book. So simple, but it was a defined amount of work for her, with no opportunity to waste time searching for easier or more attractive pages. I just had to hang onto the completed pages because sometimes they related to the next few pages. I loved this BrainQuest book. Even though it’s rated for a 2nd grader, my kiddo got through everything with little help from me.
There are also “bridge” books made specifically for the summer, and they’ll be marked as bridge books from one grade to the next.
The younger one got just one page, front and back. She was practicing her printing, matching, and coloring, just like she would be in school.
The beauty is that the work took about 15 minutes, which is exactly the amount of time I needed to get myself ready for our trip to camp or whatever summer adventure we had planned.
OK, so I admit it’s not particularly creative to ask your kiddo to do worksheets, but the non-negotiable routine is what made it work. They absolutely did not lose skills during the summer, and they were both proud of themselves for finishing the books. We’ll be doing it again this year.
Do you also have a summer homework routine for your kiddos?