Summer is a great time to encourage your kids to play educational games. Not only does it help to break the “I’m soooo bored!!” cycle, but it also helps prevent brain drain over the summer. There are so many great sites with learning games that kids love. In fact, you might want to consider having a scaled down “summer curriculum” for your kids. Spelling City has one such offering. If science is your kids’ thing, they would love the Science4Us summer program. We have a writer in our family, who would appreciate the lessons on Time4Writing.com. Whichever way you choose to go, with summer learning games, you can’t go wrong!
Reading is obviously an important activity for kids in 4th grade. But how does one find reading lists for elementary age students? Certainly your local library would be a great place to start. However it’s always nice to have something to go on before you arrive. One great site for homeschoolers to check is Homeschool Literature.com.
Some favorite books for 4th grade include:
- The Secret Garden
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Little House on the Prairie
- The Black Stallion
- The Borrowers
There are so many good books out there, you may want your child to read them ALL. Remember to let them choose books with themes that interest them even while requiring certain classics.
There are different laws in each state regarding annual testing. Some states don’t even require it. However, the majority of us are asked to assess our homeschoolers’ progress each year. In past years I have always waited till mid July to have our testing done. This year it dawned on me, why am I waiting so long?? I should be having it done as soon after we finish for the summer as possible, while the information is still fresh in my students’ minds.
With that in mind, I called our chosen tester to schedule our appointment. She informed me that the test has been updated. Oh, boy! This year the kids will be asked to edit sentences and then write their own sentences. Not something that we have practiced a lot of. Instead of panicking I turned to one of my favorite sites. Time4Writing has some great free resources which will work wonderfully to prepare my kids for this year’s testing.
I think this is the season when we moms tend to start feeling like we haven’t done enough with our kids during the school year. With summer coming up and testing time looming, we feel the pressure. Sometimes it can help to stop and remember all the non-traditional learning that your kids got during the year. Like that trip to the Renaissance Fair where they got a healthy dose of hands on history. Or the trip to the beach where they learned about low tide, high tide and different types of sea shells. Don’t discount the numerous trips to the park where PE was in play. With a bit of reflection, I think you will discover that you and your kids spent much more time learning than you realize!