Following on the heels of contributor Amy Anderson”s wonderful post on letter writing from Wednesday, here are five more ideas for keeping your child”s language arts skills fresh this Summer.
With a grin on her face, my eight year old declares, “Mooom, I ain”t gots nothing to do.” She does this on purpose, of course, knowing that her words will make me cringe as if she had scratched her fingernails down the chalkboard.
While I know she is speaking this way just to tease me, this does raise the issue of the potential for languishing language arts skills now that summer vacation is here. She made such progress during the last school year, and I don”t want to see those skills fade over the break before school begins this fall.
Seeking to keep our language arts skills fresh and ready for the school year ahead, I”ve been making sure that certain activities and grammar exercises have been a part of our summer time fun.
Perhaps a few of these will be a hit with your little scribes as well.
1. Mad Libs
One of our favorite games for grammar and parts of speech review is Mad Libs. These books are available in a wide range of themes. There is even an iphone app and an now as this classic game adapts to these modern times.
Playing with a pencil and paper is still our favorite way to enjoy Mad Libs, and sometimes we don”t even use an official book, but make up our own.