Simple Summer Strategy

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Stress Relief!
 
Summer is the very best time to get ahead in a stress free way!!!
Focus on those activities that reinforce fundamentals and include some that will make college far less expensive later in life.  Avoid grading and judging. 
Here is a quick and easy strategy.

Most Important: Refresh Your Batteries, Then Get Ready To Succeed

Take a Break!!!  Rediscover Your Enthusiasm! Do Something Different! Summer can be a time to rest from the intensity of school and do something totally new.

At the same time, don't forget to prepare. Check with your school and next year's teachers.  Make sure you know what the expectations are for work over the summer.  September is way more enjoyable if you are prepared for what you will be learning.  Good schools will post the suggested summer work on their websites.

Math:  10 minutes a day can make the difference.  
  

Whether it is a card game, an activity or a worksheet, for the younger crowd, keep it simple and relatively short.  Remind them that math isn't always fun; math is important.  There is a big difference.   For workbooks, I have found the Spectrum Series to be affordable and well organized.  Other workbooks are good, too.  Look for variety and thoroughness.  Remind students that it is also their responsibility to contribute toward bringing the cost of college down and making their own lives better. Focus on behaviors and processes, not grades or outcomes.

Science:  Changing the future, incorporating nonfiction literacy
 
Focus on the skills that will allow them to grow their non-fiction reading capabilities. Have them read at least one article a week on something that interests them (People magazine, Sports Illustrated or similar does not count!). Then have a conversation at the dinner table or in the car about the article. Was it valuable and why?  Remind them, down the road they will want to be able to grow their knowledge without having to wait for someone to spoon feed the information to them. Only politicians or people who want to get rich off of them will want to babysit them. 

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