Spring and Summer Break Fun Folders

In order to keep up my daughter’s skills fresh over spring break and summer vacation, I decided to create some fun folders with all sorts of activities to motivate reading, writing, and arithmetic. These folders can be used at home or on the go. In the post Kindergarten Through Second Grade Readers, I told you about one of the folders: Story Time. This folder includes printable leveled stories to read, write about, and illustrate. The other folders are as follows:

Knock-Knock Jokes—This folder contains knock-knock Jokes that I printed from http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/knock_knock_jokes.htm – For each knock-knock joke she will read the joke to me, then write the meaning of the punch line. For example, one joke ends “Hugo-ing to let me in or what?” And she writes: You going to let me in or what?

Daily Journal—Is a place for her to tell me what she did each day. I have given her sample sentences to copy and fill in the blanks.

Sight Word Journal—She will read ten sight words a day and then choose one word to write a sentence about. You can print recommended sight words here– https://theeducationcafe.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/us-national-reading-vocabulary-words-grades-1-6/

Places I’ve Been—This folder contains lined paper with one photo of my daughter at the top of each page (from different places she has been). For each photo, she writes several sentences about where she went, who she went with, what she did or saw, what she liked or disliked. Then she titles it. In the back of the folder is a pocket for her to keep postcards, maps, brochures about the places she has visited.

Things in a Restaurant—This folder has pages such as: Menu items, Furniture, Other, Names of Restaurants. She writes words on each of those pages, and she can copy words off of menus. The pockets hold paper menus, advertisements, and paper restaurant place mats.

Drawing—One folder has unlined paper for her to draw a picture and write a sentence telling about the picture.

Math—For this folder I collected some ideas from websites such as—http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Math_activities-2_242335_7.pdf –So that she would have some fun math games and activities to play by herself or with a parent or friend.

My goal for my daughter will be for her to spend time daily doing a little math and choosing a couple of reading/writing activities. Some of the math activities are actually really fun games to play that do not include pencil and paper.

-Delana S

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6 thoughts on “Spring and Summer Break Fun Folders

  1. Realised in the middle of the night that we’re talking about two different state education systems. Our kids don’t have to pass certain subjects in order to move on with their peers and don’t have set text books, except sometimes in maths. The teachers are taught to adapt the curriculum to all levels of ability and generally do so. Therefore, a child here slipping back a stage or two is no big deal.

  2. I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one, Delana.
    I know kids do drop back academically over the holidays (I’m an ex-teacher), and I am also hugely concerned about the academic panic that seems to be surging through the educated middle-classes. If it takes a bit longer for a child to learn to do academic things, I really don’t think it’s a big deal. No-one asks you what age you learned to read, when you’re 25.

    • I have no problem with agreeing to disagree. 🙂 If a family is homeschooling a child, then you are exactly right! If a child is in a traditional school setting, however, I would want that child to be able to do well. If the child is already at the middle to top of the class and is a good learner in that setting, then there is no concern. The student who is in the bottom quarter of the class and who struggles to learn, would be at a grave disadvantage to go all summer long not only not maintaining ground but losing ground.

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