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In an effort to combat summer brain drain I am getting the kiddos into what will hopefully become our summer homeschool routine. Now don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean we will be sitting at the kitchen table for six hours a day 5 days a week. That to me sounds like torture!
To me summer homeschooling means learning through experiences. Visiting the Museum of Art and learning about a famous artist and their works, visiting the zoo and learning about a specific reptile, going to the butterfly house and watching the butterflies in their habitat, etc. Then really cementing those experiences and further encouraging the learning process by going to the library and checking out books about the artist, reptile, butterflies, etc. Learning through experiences is fun and taking the hands-on approach often leads to a better understanding. That being stated it is still important to maintain the rudimentary skills learned during the school year. Like spelling, writing, reading, and math.
So, my plan this summer is to first and foremost hit the pool, duh! I mean come on its summer! However, in-between swimming and visits to establishments that foster experience learning the kiddos will be reading, writing, spelling, and practicing math skills. And since each of our kiddos is at different levels of development I will cater each to their needs. For our son, who officially graduates from preschool this week…AHH…where does the time go?? We will be focusing on basic addition and subtraction. And what better way than by using flash cards! I love flashcards; they are convenient to use anywhere, in the car, on vacation, at the pool, etc. Bottom-line, flashcards rule!
Also, my kiddos are obsessed with dry easer boards. So, in an effort to make it more fun simply laminate the flashcards and the kiddos can write their answer with a dry easer board marker then wipe them clean for the next day. This is also nice for mom because the kiddos can complete the equations independently then you can go over the equations they struggle with.
I have included a few links to websites I can across that offer simple addition and subtraction flashcards. All you have to do is print, cut, fold, and laminate if you wish.
Click here to print a variety addition flashcards, includes the option to make custom cards too!
Do you have any easy and effective ways that you have found to combat summer brain drain? Please feel free to share links and other blogs.