Research shows that many children lose some of the skills they have acquired over summer vacation. I always encouraged parents to listen and read to their child, take them to a summer reading program at our local library, review and practice sight words and reread the books we made in class. I also encouraged them to take their children lots of places and talk to them about everything!
I made summer calendars with suggestions of something to do each day to reinforce what we learned all year.
It took me about 20 years to figure out that it is MUCH easier to send a list of the activities instead of putting it in a calendar format. I searched and searched (and am not very computer literate!) but I could never find a calendar program that would update it every year – so each year I had to retype the activities on a current calendar!! It was crazy! Then I realized I could just write the list instead – and I did this for our monthly homework calendars too!
Here is a printable version of the calendars:
I used to also send home a lot of activities for families to use to reinforce letters, sounds, rhyming, etc. over the summer. But when my children began to come to Kindergarten full day almost all of my students were confident in those skills. If you would like to send home materials to review those things, please check out my blog post called Parent Games under the Homework category. There are links there for materials and suggestions of activities parents can do with their child.
I still wanted to send home some suggestions and activities, so we purchased reproducible leveled books from Reading A to Z, and I copied some of them for each family. Here is the letter I sent home along with those books.
Here are a few other materials I included in our Summer Learning Fun Packet.
Our Everyday Math program had a reproducible sheet of coins that I included in each packet too. I always told parents that it was even better to use real coins if they could!
Here is a set of the suggestions to print:
I included a chart to tally the weather – good reinforcement for both tallying and weather!
I also wanted to encourage the children to practice and review our sight words over the summer.
Happy to share a format that you can print!
I stocked up on spiral notebooks at the summer sales, and I gave each child one to use as a journal over the summer, along with some kind of fun writing tool. I usually looked for colored pencils that have a spiral of different colors on each pencil.
I know these are crazy, stressful end of the year days!! You are all in my prayers!