Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Calling all teachers and mothers out there…

or just anyone with good suggestions.

Ari struggles a little with school. Don’t get me wrong, she does fine, her lowest overall grade for last year was a B-, so not bad, but sometimes she struggles to get those grades. So for the summer she has this workbook that we “require” her to work in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We started off having her do the workbook every weekday, but she didn’t like that so we compromised and now she has to do one page in each section of the book (there are 5 sections) three days a week. Her biggest struggle is with math and multiplication in particular. I even got her to help her with her multiplication facts, but she doesn’t like it and I have to admit its pretty bad (too juvenile for her). So then we got these DVDs and she kind of likes them, so along with the workbook three days a week she has to watch the multiplication songs on the School House Rock DVD every day. I’m trying to find ways (like the DVDs) to make it more fun, but I don’t want to burn her out over the summer either.

I also told her that I want her to read at least one book a week (which is not a problem because she likes to read and does very well at it) she has averaged about 3 books a week so far this summer so I don’t think that’s a big deal. My question is, am I expecting too much from her? What else can we do to help her retain the knowledge she gained during the school year and increase her knowledge of her multiplication facts and still keep her summer fun? What do you do as a parent in the summer? Is it just for fun or do you do anything related to learning? Any suggestions would be appreciated!


andrea said...

before i forget, on your previous post: another suggestion- pippi longstocking. not too hard, but loved by all ages.

summer: we do minute math drills every morning. i just print off sheets of facts and they have 1 or 2 minutes (depending on the kid) to see how many they can accomplish. math facts are totally about repetition and drill. but the time is short enough that they don't burn out on it, and they can still challenge themselves to do better than the last time.

some great websites:

these are all either interactive sites with drilling games and activities, or sites where you can print off worksheets.

good stuff. kudos to you for keeping her skills sharp over the summer.

Desi said...

Awesome suggestions, Thanks Andrea!