Welcome to the 2016-2017 First Graders and their families! I hope that you are making the most of your summer with lots of family time, fun with friends, and fresh air. Outdoor play is very important to a child’s development, and summer is an ideal time to skip, run, hop, swing, climb, swim, and explore the natural world.
While summer break is a wonderful time for students and their families to relax and reconnect, the "summer slide" isn’t as fun as other summer activities! Research has shown that children’s literacy and math skills "slide" when they don’t practice those skills over the summer.
The summer packet that is sent to your home provides a calendar of suggested activities to prevent the summer slide. The packet includes a review of Fundations skills, practice with numbers, handwriting/writing practice, and fine motor skills practice. Doing a little something each day is a great way to maintain the gains your child accomplished in Kindergarten!
As you will see on the calendar, reading with your child every day is important. You can make it fun or make it a soothing part of your bedtime routine. If you’re having trouble finding books to read with your child, check out http://www.readingrockets.org/books/summer/2016 for a summer reading guide.
If your child enjoys learning through technology or you want to mix up the practice options, these are good websites (that also have iOS and Android apps) for literacy and math practice:
www.abcya.com www.starfall.com www.zapzapmath.com
You can also incorporate reading and math practice into everyday experiences...
Here are some ideas to build early literacy skills from Pearson Early Learning:
Here are some ideas to build abstract thinking skills from the editors of Early Childhood Today:
While you’re enjoying the outdoors with your child, you can also look for math in nature: Look for symmetry in leaves; count the number, sizes and kinds of trees on your street; and look at the various shapes and patterns of blooming flowers.
If you have any questions about the summer packet or First Grade, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAKE A SPLASH (not a slide!) THIS SUMMER!
I look forward to seeing you in September!
In friendship,Tr. Richelle
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