Mr. DiFiore’s Corner

Summer

The research is clear:

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).

Here are some tips and resources to keep your child from experiencing those losses:

Suggestions for Summer Practice

Reading

1.  Go to the library regularly and read, read, read!

2.  Trade books with a friend.

3.  Read to younger children.

4.  Enjoy books read by a parent.

5. Read and post to Tween Tribune.  Be sure to have an adult help you edit.

Spelling

1.  Practice spelling the words you have learned, they are still on our website.

2.  Write sentences using words from your lists.

3.  Write stories using the words from your lists.

4.  Practice on your computer using Spelling City, Kidsspell.com, or Funbrain.com/spell/

Writing

1.  Keep a daily journal or diary. Check out the Journal Jar link on our Language web page

2.  Make lists such as “things to do today” or “people to write to”.

3.  Write letters to friends and relatives.

4.  Write and illustrate books.

5.  Record the events of a vacation and illustrate.

Math – Be sure to use our Math web page as a resource.  You can still use IXL, Free Rice, etc. Check out the computer games!

1.  Practice and memorize multiplication and division facts. (Extremely Important!)

2.  Ask a parent or older sibling  to make up word problems.

3.  Practice your money and time-telling skills.

Thanks,

-Mr. DiFiore’s Class

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