With the demanding schedules and lessons schools set out these days, it’s natural to worry whether our kids will have trouble getting back into the swing of things once class is back in session.
That’s why I side with Kate Gosselin when she says she devotes a portion of summer vacation to study time with her eight children: twins Cara and Mady and sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah.
“Summertime is, without a doubt, a busy time, but it is generally a sun-filled-relaxing-sleep-in-every-day-no-schedule time of year, which is exactly why my kids need some learning reinforcement,” Kate writes in her latest blog entry for Coupon Cabin.
At first, the star of Kate Plus 8 thought she was the only mother out there who went over math and reading problems with her children during the hot-weather months. She soon realized that not only was she far from alone, but that there are plenty of workbooks and online curricula available to help sharpen school-age kids’ skills.
“I’m always looking for a fun, easy, inexpensive and painless (for all) program that packs the learning in a quick punch each day so that we can zip through our work and dive into the pool!” she says.In previous summers, the mom of many would print out activities from online curricula such as this one. This year, the sextuplets’ school recommended a particular math and language arts workbook, so she bought one of each and made photocopies of the pages. The pages go into folders color-coordinated for each child, which can be reused in years to come.
Now the Gosselin kids have a summer routine: Three to four days a week after breakfast, they sit down for one math and one language arts lesson before they chill out in the backyard pool.
The children may grumble a bit – what kid wouldn’t? – but the results say it all. “If I doubted I was on the right track, last year when my kids returned to school in the fall, their reading and math levels actually increased instead of decreased,” Kate reports.
Can’t argue with success!
How about you? Do your kids brush up on their times tables and reading lists over the summer?
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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