I have to admit, I’ve been pretty loosy goosy with our summer schedule in the past. No routine, no chores, no structured reading time. And I can say that having no reading routine has come back to bite me when school started in the fall. I’ve got one kid that loves to read a lot, and I’m lucky in that respect. But, I’ve got another kid who struggles with it and needs additional help at school and reading has been a constant battle. For that reason, I have to keep them reading in the summer so that they don’t loose ground at the beginning of the school year.
We ended this school year on a high note. All of the kids were either reading at or above grade level and I am determined to keep it that way. I don’t want all of their hard work go to waste, so I’ve started a reading/math schedule for them every day. Each child does 30 min of reading and 30 min of math per day.
Some tools that have helped us are several reading/math websites and apps. It makes doing their homework less like a chore and more like a game.
My kids have used all of these websites and I can tell you, they work! Here are our 7 educational websites/apps that I recommend.
I love this website/app! Once you sign up and start reading, Epic will analyze your choices and provide recommendations for new books. They even have an option for “Read To Me” books for preschoolers! For $4.99 a month, you get unlimited access to over 25,000 books and videos. Right now, you can get 3 months for $1 if you use the code SUMMER17. That’s amazing! Seriously, get this one.
Paige (11-yr old) has been using the Khan Academy “math by grade” section. It’s been such a great supplement to her learning and she loved it. The amazing thing is that it’s free! It’s also for anyone. You can study math by subject or grade, science & engineering, computing, arts & humanities, and/or economics & finance. They also have test prep for the SAT, MCAT, GMAT and a few others. I think I should use this over the summer too, lol!
This is a great website for young learners. They have educational games from Pre-K up to 5th grade. These fun, interactive games range from helping preschoolers with their letters and numbers to guiding 5th graders through parts of speech and fractions. It’s free if you don’t mind the occasional ad or $6.99 per month ad free.
Starfall is a website designed for kindergarten and 1st graders to help with reading and math. It really helped my kids with letter recognition and sounds. There is an annual fee of $35.
On this site, you can log your minutes of at-home reading to earn virtual prizes and unlock exclusive ebooks to read.
This is a full online curriculum for kids ages 2-8. I’m sure you’ve seen this advertised on PBS Kids. You can get a free 1-month subscription and it’s $7.95 per month after that.
This is the best app ever!!! My kids all loved it and it’s so fun and easy for them to do by themselves. Grant and Quinne did a lot of letter recognition work on this app and it made learning super fun! Put this on your phone/tablet today!!!
Let me know of any other websites/apps that you would recommend or what you do to keep your kids motivated to learn during the summer. We can use all the help we can get, ha!