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Apps to Prevent the Summer Slide

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Summer is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful weather after a busy school year.  Unfortunately, studies show that between June and September, students can lose around 2 months of learning and have trouble adjusting for the fall.

Fortunately, there are plenty of fun ways for students to keep learning over the summer.   Outside of full programs, there are a ton of fun apps out there, many of which students don’t even realize that they are learning.

Here are three great apps that help stop your kid’s summer slide:

App for Math: Splash Math for Grades 1-5

Splash Math is an educational program that provides comprehensive coverage of the curriculum with over 300 skills for Grades K-5. The use of animations, graphics and games make children master the basic math concepts like Addition, Subtraction, Division, Multiplication, Algebra and Geometry in a fun and interactive way.

App for Reading: Endless Reader

Endless Reader introduces “sight words”, the most commonly used words in school, library, and children’s books. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Recognizing sight words is advantageous for beginning readers because many of these words have unusual spelling, cannot be sounded out using phonics knowledge, and often cannot be represented using pictures. Kids will have a blast learning sight words and their context and usage with the adorable Endless monsters. Each word features an interactive word puzzle with letters that come alive, and then a sentence puzzle with words that become what they describe. See the word “dog” as a barking dog, and the word “up” reach for the sky!

App for Science: KidScience

Unleash your inner scientist with KidScience, the app that puts a science lab at your fingertips. Kids, parents, grandparents and babysitters can search for experiments based on ingredients on hand, kids’ ages (2 to 92), time available, or type of science. Simple recipes, combined with photos and watch-and-do videos, make science easy for everyone. Explanations of the science behind the fun are includes with each project, and new experiments are added regularly.

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Summer Rainy Day Educational Activities

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With school over for the year, the summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the fresh air with family, friends or at camp. Unfortunately from time to time, the weather doesn’t cooperate and we go inside for a rainy day.

While we always hope for nice weather over the summer, a rainy day is a wonderful opportunity to play indoor educational games and work on avoiding the summer slide.

Don’t let a rainy day spoil the fun – here are 7 educational games and activities to play indoors:

1) Make a Collages:  Find old magazines, newspapers and catalogs and work with your kids to find pictures of animals, food, sites and other fun items.  Give them safety scissors and glue to make a collage book.

2) Create a Story: Work with your child to create a short about anything s/he is interested in.  Then one of you provides an opening line and you take turns to write sentences.   After you have both written the sentences, read the story out load together.

3) Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of items to either i) find around the house or ii) research in books, magazines or online.  Once your child has found all the items, present him or her a prize at the end.

4) Play a Family Board Game:  Board games are a wonderful way to bring the family together to spend time and remove everyone from technology.   They also teach counting, memory, logic and vocabulary development.  Here are some great recommendations from Parents Magazine.

5) Pick a Country and Learn About It:  If you have a globe, spin it around and see where your finger lands.  Learn about the language (hello / goodbye), popular food and even try to write a few letters.

6) Read a New Book Together:  Keep up your reading from the school year and learn new vocabulary and more complicated story lines.

7) Try a New Craft Project:  Pinterest has wonderful craft ideas for kids.  Scroll through the hundreds of photos and see which one you like best!

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