I know with school nearing a close for many of you, you’re wondering what you’re going to do so your kiddos don’t forget all those precious tidbits you so carefully lodged in their brains over the course of the year. While I don’t plan anything super hard core for summer (we all need a break, me included!) I do keep the kids reading over the summer, mostly fun books. They get to pick what they want to read and as long as it’s appropriate for them, that’s fine.

Just to keep all of the other subjects fresh in their minds, we also do some activities out of the Carson Dellosa Summer Bridge activity books! They’re literally ZERO planning on my part, and great for keeping kids skills fresh over the summer.

Keeping up with your students reading, math, and other basic skills over the long summer break is important. I’m not sure if this happens to your kids, but it seems like a few weeks after school is out my kids seem to forget everything they’ve learned the previous year.


Depending on the day, I usually have the kids are do 1 lesson per day out of their workbook. I don’t usually force the issue too much, there tends to be a time each day where they start getting bored, and the Summer Bridge activities are the perfect solution! The great thing about them, is that they’re colorful and fun, so it’s not hard to get them to do a page or two.

Just to make it a little more fun, we use our Educational Insights Smens pens to make it a little bit more fun. They LOVE IT!


And I kid you not, one of them said “Wow, this is so much more fun than regular school!” and the other came up later in the day and actually asked me if she could do some school in her new workbook! Are you serious? YEAH!


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  1. We do the local library summer reading program every year (and go every week). We also do the age appropriate Carson-Dellosa summer bridge Activities book (our 4 year old now 5 couldn’t get enough of it last year). Our state DNR had a summer reading program (all year). We also got a tutor for specific skills for our child. this year I am looking to tap into online sources, looking at http://www.k12.com, scratch.mit.edu (learn how to program games using a kid friendly easy interface). Last year my son wrote a “book” and published it using lulu.com – we’ll see if he is into that this year 🙂 Use it or lose it!


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