Summer Activities

Summer Activities

To my KA Parents and students,

We had such a wonderful year and you all have worked so hard! I am so proud of each and every one of you. First and foremost this summer, HAVE FUN!!! Secondly it is important to practice and review some of the skills you have learned in kindergarten. Here are some helpful hints of things to review and practice! Have a great summer and I'd love to hear from you about all the fun things you have seen or done!

Blessings, 

Ms. Matsch

 

Summer Activities and Skills to Work on for First Grade

   v  REVIEW OF THE BASICS

o   Practice letters and sounds

o   Count by 2’s to 20, 5’s to 50 and 10’s to 100

o   Writing upper and lowercase letters and numbers to 30

    INDEPENDENCE

o   Give them chores around the house to help with following multi step directions

o   Set the dinner table each night

o   Self help skills – tying their shoes, buttoning sweaters, zipping jackets, reciting phone number, birthday, and address


   SOCIAL SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIPS

o   Schedule play dates to keep their bonds and also encourage play dates with children they could grow closer to. Play dates don’t always have to be at your house – go on a picnic, a trip to the zoo, or meeting at a park are all great ways to get the kids together!

   READING AND WRITING

o   Draw pictures and write about them

o   Read books to your child (to build comprehension) and allow them to read to you. Reading books at their level is important to keep them motivated and not get frustrated. Don’t forget to have them track the words as they read.

o   Visit the local library

o   Keep a journal of summer events and activities – encourage guess and go writing

   GROSS MOTOR SKILLS (to improve coordination)

o   Running and jumping

o   Jump roping

o   Play sports

o   Monkey bars

o   Swimming

   FINE MOTOR SKILLS (to improve handwriting):

o   Play with play dough

o   Finger painting

o   Squeeze a squishy ball or a stress ball

o   Use tweezers to sort small objects 

o  Color with crayons and colored pencils - practice staying in the lines!

   Summer workbooks are not necessary for the children to be using but if     you would prefer them, check out a local bookstore or online at Amazon.com

   v Use your iPad to play math games or reading games – there are lots of great apps out there and most of them are under $5 or even free!

o   Go to AppStore – Top Charts – Categories – Education and then search away!

   v  Some good websites to refer to:

o   www.abcmouse.com

o   www.abcya.com

o   www.learninggamesforkids.com

o   www.funbrain.com

o   www.starfall.com


**Your IXL account will work throughout the summer so using your latest math report is a great way to practice any skills your child has not yet mastered.



Summer Suggestions – Keep those brains growing! 

 

As the summer begins, keep in mind that your point of view on summer activities will make a huge impression on your child! If you see these practice ideas as a chore, so will he or she. If you see them as a fun chance to spend time together, you’ll both have more fun – and that is most important! It has been a pleasure spending time with your child this year.

 

ø  Spend time reading together every day – snuggle up, go out for a reading date, take books in the car. Let your child read to you and read to your child too!

ø  Practice handwriting and independent spelling every day or two, especially high frequency words (word wall words). Encourage your child to write a letter or email to special people; write to-do lists together; help your child feel comfortable writing independently. They’ll make mistakes and that is OK! It is fun practice that will keep their handwriting formation in shape.

ø  Reinforce addition, subtraction, composing and decomposing we have been working on. Add and subtract food at snack time or dinner time; “If there are 10 popsicles that came in this box and we only have 3 left, how many have we eaten?”

ø  Watch and keep track of the flowers or vegetables growing in your back yard. Make observations or predictions. Think of scientific questions to ask about bugs you see crawling around or how things will move if you roll it down the slide.

ø  Join the public library’s summer reading program – parents can win prizes too!

ø  Check out summer programs at the YMCA or another local gym. They usually have sports, art, drama, etc.

ø  Encourage personal independence by making your child responsible for his or her own space in your house – cleaning up clothes and toys, dressing themselves, etc. Ensure table manners and develop other habits that are necessary at school.

ø  When you go to mass, expect the same attention, behavior, and respect that they show me during our school masses. They have learned about parts of the church so encourage their curiosity!

  Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!

 

Blessings,

Ms. Matsch