This article is written by Karissa Tunis
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Last year just before summer break, I was strolling through my local Costco when I came across a display of Scholastic Summer Express workbooks. They were bright, eye-catching, and seemed to touch on a variety of subjects. For under $10 each, I ended up purchasing two and thought these might be great for the kids to work on after school let out.
My kids love to stay busy all summer long. We enjoy lots of pool days, day trips to amusement parks and zoos, play dates with friends, park dates with their cousins, weekend getaways, camps, and lots lots more! I feel I do a good job of incorporating our daily lives into learning and growing opportunities, but I am not always good at sitting down and creating “lesson” plans. I would much rather work on an educational puzzle, or play a game of “I spy” than do flash cards or help someone trace letters. But I know that sometimes a worksheet does serve it’s useful purpose.
Last year as our summer break began, I pulled out these workbooks. What I loved was that each book was targeted for a certain age, and the older they got, the more subjects they covered.
I pulled out Mady’s workbook first. This was to help prepare her for the upcoming school year, 2nd grade. It had a bunch of sections that covered everything from reading, writing, math, geography, and more. I pulled out one page from each subject, stapled them together, and that became her “work packet” for the day.
Next I pulled out Carter’s workbook for preschool and did the same. I pulled out a page from each subject (he had about 3 less than Mady) and created his packet.
This soon became our new routine. I would make up these packets a week in advance, and every morning (or most mornings) the kids would work on these while eating breakfast. While they worked, I usually collected our pool-bag, packed a lunch, or got our things together for whatever activities we had for the day.
Doing these packets early I think helped to keep our achievements consistent, and also gave them a more educational mindset for the day.
We were all so impressed with how colorful and fun each worksheet really was! There was a lot of creativity and coloring involved, the topics they were learning about were interesting, and we always learned something new!
This year as we prepare for our summer break again, we will definitely be using these books! When I reached out to Scholastic, they informed me that the Summer Express collection was recently redone, and now they are even better than before, and have a lot more to offer!
I love that these books were specifically created for fun summer learning, and as a way to prepare our children for the next grade level.
If you’d like to order these workbooks on Amazon, simply click the images below. These workbooks are designed for preschool age up through 8th grade, and again – all for under $10! Enjoy 🙂
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