Summer Plans

May 3, 2013

Students and Parents,

As you plan your summer vacation, remember to also plan for your family's continued learning.  Middle school students should be reading at least 30 minutes a day but an hour would be better.  They could read a book, a magazine, a menu, a brochure of a trip that you take, a cookbook, or how-to-books.  The idea is READ, READ, READ! If you have younger children, have the middle school student read to the younger ones every day.  Parents, you also need to read so that the message your sons and daughters get is reading is important!

Have your middle school student help with a recipe that you need to double the ingredients.  This means that they are doing fractions.  Have the students figure how many miles per gallon your vehicle is getting on a road trip.  Yes, division is happening!  It is important that students continue to do math during the summer.

Writing could be having your middle school son or daughter keep a journal of a trip that you take.  Encourage them to write in complete sentences and form paragraphs.  Have them interview each member of the family on something that you go to see.  Have them describe a place that you go to have a meal.  Have the family describe sights, sounds, smells, and decorations for the journalist to record.  Have your students keep a written account of money spent on the trip.  How much was spent on fuel, food, activities, hotels/motels and other expenses?  Have middle school students interview older family members about their teenage years.  Have them write a five-paragraph essay about one of the people.

On becoming a more fit family, have your middle school student hold a family meeting on what one unhealthy food that family will give up for the week.  Record the food and make a chart showing how well each family member did.  In your meeting decide what physical activity your family will do for the week and record in a chart.  Then on week two also choose a food to give up and a physical activity.  Continue throughout the summer.

Give your student some more responsibilities.  Have two chores that they need to have completely finished by the time you get home from work.  Students need to take on more responsibilities for the family like learning to do their own laundry, planning meals, making grocery lists, and preparing a meal.

Every time you hear the words, "I'm bored," tell them to write a list of ten things they could do that do not cost any money, and that they could do alone or with a family member.  Try to play a board game or a card game with the family each week.  Play an outside game with the family every week and go on walks together or ride bikes.

Have a great summer and keep those learning skills alive and well!

                        Ms. Underwood

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