When the school year comes to an end and the summer begins most teachers worry about their students losing most of what they have learned during the summer break. Some children slide backward academically when they aren’t engaged in reading and math activities during their summer break. I’ve personally dealt with my children falling victim to the ‘Summer Slide’ in reading and have found a way to keep them engaged and actively learning without them even knowing it.
I call this activity “Find and Define”. All you need is an age-appropriate Crossword Book and a Dictionary. The task for your child would be to first find the words listed in the puzzle and then to define each word using the Dictionary.
I tried this with my children and they didn’t have a problem with the extra step of defining the words they already located in the puzzle. Your child will not only learn a new word but also the meaning of that word; a win-win situation if you ask me.
Let’s Talk: Do you have a way to help your child(ren) avoid the dreadful ‘Summer Slide’? Tell me about it in the comment section below; you will be helping parents and children alike.
Thanks For Reading! ♥