Summer is finally here. I am happy because I get to spend time with my kiddos and don’t have to commute near as much. As happy as I am for summer, I am a little apprehensive. Why do you ask? I am worried about the kids getting a “Mushy Summer Brain.”
“Mushy Summer Brain” is no laughing matter. Ok, you can laugh at the name I have chosen, I am sure many other Mom and Dad’s are using it as well. Our children spent the whole school year filling it up with valuable information, now what?
Now I have to keep them from having free reign on the television and video games. One of the ways I am combating this to have each one of the kids’ research projects.
We have a lot of wildlife in our area we see many of them often. So this is a good way to have them revisit what they have learned on that particular critter.
There are rules. They can use the computer, but they have to site 3 different (reliable) sources. They cannot copy and paste, they have to write the paper in their own words and I need at least one page.
Next thing, at least for the littler one, is hand written math assignments.
I will rehash some of the math problems that were difficult for her and some just to keep fresh. She loves this and asks often for Momma to make her some math problems. I can even let her have a little bit Wii fun and she can practice her math on Jumpstart game.
Depending on the age try addition, subtraction and multiplication. It doesn’t have to be calculus, unless they are at that level, just get the brain exercising.
Now, the one thing I can’t emphasis enough is reading. The hardest part for me is finding books that they will find interesting and keep the older ones coming back for more.
Sylvan has a list of summer reading for school kids of all ages. Here is a list of suggested books reading:
Kindergarten: Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Krause
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Grade 1: Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
Grade 2: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
How Much Is a Million by David M. Schwartz, Stephen Kellogg
Grade 3: Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Beach for the Birds by Bruce McMillan
Grade 4: Summer Reading is Killing Me! By Jon Scieszka
So You Want To Be President? by Judith St. George and Illustrated by David Small
Grade 5: Holes by Louis Sachar
Science Kitchen by Chris Maynard
Grade 6: Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Grade 7: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers
Grade 8: Ender’s Game (Ender Series #1) Orson Scott Card
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Grade 9: Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard
Silent Spring by Rachel L. Carson
Grade 10: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy
Grade 11: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith and Katherine G. Balderston
Grade 12: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and Pat Rogers
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
How are you fighting the “Mushy Summer Brain?”