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.
A to Z books letter
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:
Summer Learning Fun suggestions
I included a chart to tally the weather – good reinforcement for both tallying and weather!
Summer Weather Tally Chart
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!
20 kdg words
sight and never again words letter
sight word memory
words for vests
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!
OHHH. MY. GOODNESS!!!!! How is it MAY already?!?! This month is THE busiest month of the year for us teachers!!! I’m busy making projects, preparing for graduation, creating gifts and slideshows!!! And, of course, prepping for the Mommy Spa next week!! Ahhhhhhh!!!! I HATE when people say, “only 20 more days to go!!” or “3 more Fridays!!!” That does NOT make me happy!!!! LOL!! I gives me SERIOUS anxiety!!! Don’t get me wrong, I am looking very forward to SUMMER, just like every student and teacher!!! I just don’t like thinking about ALL of the things that I have to get done before that day comes!! LOL!
Well, I have good news!! I can mark one more thing off of my HUGE To-do list!! And, hopefully off of yours as well!! I have completely updated my Kindergarten Summer Homework pack that I made back in 2012!! So, if you bought this some time throughout the years, be sure to go download it again!!!
The activities that I have included on the calendars are all a review of Math, Writing and Literacy skills that we have worked on throughout Kindergarten and are standards based. This 115 page pack is full of skills and jam packed with FUN!!!! Most of the activities in the pack won’t take parents/student more than a few minutes!! So, they can easily fit these valuable review skills into their busy Summer days!!
The pack includes homework calendars for June, July and August!
For many of the skills, there is a response sheet that will be in the child’s Summer Skills Book to give them a place to work out their problem or write their response.
I have also included a letter to parents and 10 first grade sight word lists!!! Along with these lists, I have added sight word flashcards as well! You may want to add these to your pack to give parents a better way to practice with their child, giving their child a better visual of each word…but, the flashcards are completely optional (and you can always suggest to parents to make their own flashcards if you need to save time and paper 🙂
So, I print and bind and staple all of these things and put them into a gallon ziplock bag. That way, parents and students have EVERYTHING they need to practice their 1st grade skills!!!!
This year, I’m also going to add a little sharpened pencil 🙂 Yay, first graders!!! O.K. Maybe I shed a couple of tears buying those pencils!!! Ha! Hardest part of being a K teacher!!!!!! Helping them and watching them grow from babies to little independent people and having to let them go and start over. BUT, it IS THE most rewarding job on the planet!!!!! Can I get an AMEN!?! 🙂
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