|An example of Monkey’s writing from sometime this year. It says, “Mom can we go too the park now.”|
Do your children have achievement gaps in their learning from the previous year? So far, Monkey always has, and I remember having gaps as a child as well.
Sometimes, things just don’t quite make since the first time you learn them. If you want to give your child an advantage for next year, you can help them fill in the gaps in their knowledge over the summer.
Now, I’m not a fan of year-round schooling. I really like to take the summer break, for me just as much for the children. I think we all face school better when we get a break from it for a while. So, if you do supplement in the summer, I would advise keeping it short.
This year, Monkey does have a few achievement gaps from first grade. She never quite got money this year, and her handwriting could use some help. Spelling and handwriting was something we let go when Bo was born, so Monkey missed out on an entire semester of those subjects.
I think the key to summer supplements is to make them more fun than what the kids do in the school year. That is why I am basically bribing Monkey to read books.
For the other subjects, I try to make them fun as well. Here are some fun ways to teach both of her trouble subjects:
Fun Ways to Teach Money
- Playing store
- Buying something at a real store
- Counting money the child has earned
- Paying the child for a job (if you complete 2 jobs that are worth 50 cents each, how much money will you earn?)
Fun Ways to Teach Handwriting
- Allow the child to write in a journal or write a story without correction
- Have the child try to copy different fonts
- Write with other materials, like chalk or candy
- Writing on different surfaces; like the mirror, a window, a huge piece of paper, on the floor with invisible ink (always a favorite), on the grass, on the sidewalk