Madison will be starting Kindergarten July 30 and McKenzie will start Pre-K August 19. While Madison had two years of Pre-K, McKenzie will possibly only have one, so we knew a great option for Summer break would be work books!
We went to our local Target and purchased a couple books for the girls based off their age range. We got two books for Madison (one not pictured) and then a big thick book for McKenzie. We decided to get the 320 page book for McKenzie because we figured it would keep her content for quite a while and it has all the basic starting points.
Madison finished her first book in less than two weeks. It was about 130 pages and she loved doing it. She averaged 20+ pages a day because she found it to be so easy and she flew through it all. The book Madison's on now is the one on the right which is all about numbers, letters, and counting. Madison likes to rush through everything and its been an issue her whole school year, but now that we're home and I'm working with her I can see exactly what the teacher was talking about.
|First pages of McKenzie's book|
McKenzie has surprised me when it comes to these books. I don't know if she just needs a higher up book, or maybe we didn't give her enough credit, but she too has flown through her book. In the beginning it was super simple stuff and there's a lot of tracing and coloring a picture (like the frog above) but I think that too helps them. I know staying in the lines is something she needs to work on and this book has already helped that a lot. She used to just scribble all over the page and be done, but looking from the first sections of coloring to now, you can tell she's understanding what is expected of her as she ages.
|Coloring progress over 4 weeks|
Since Madison starts school so soon, I'm hoping to find some more books for her after she's finished with her current book. While she's like every 5 1/2 yr old, its our job as her parents to ensure she stays on track or even goes above the bar to learn as best as she can and not fall behind in school. I feel that Kindergarten is going to be a huge change for all of us, but especially Madison because she'll be at school 9-3:30pm and will have a new form of independence brought upon her.
McKenzie will be going to Pre-K for a small 2 1/2 hours a day, 3 days a week. This will start her journey of leaving this mama's nest and learning to be an independent little 4yr old. She's the complete opposite of her big sister, so I'm quite nervous at how this change will affect her. She's very quiet, reserved, and laid back so it'll be a big change to be around 15+ other kids her age. I hope that with this work book she can understand more of what she's expected to do while at school, and when she's done I'll be purchasing more to continue with her on this journey to help her along more.
What do you do with your children during the summer time to make their brains think? Are you preparing for school like we are? I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or suggestions and to how you handle steps like this with your children.