It may be hard to believe, but the end of the school year is just around the corner. Soon you will be able to sleep in later every day and not have to worry about putting in grades in your electronic grade book.
You will be out of reach from parents and administrators and be able to focus on some needed relaxation. Before you start planning your trip to the beach, there is something that you need to do first.
There is technology out there that allows for students to keep learning even when they are out of school. By showing the students where they can find these educational sites and apps, you are placing them in charge of their own learning during the summer.
Perhaps only half the class will actually use these sites and apps at home, but it is much better than none. Below is a list of apps and websites that I think your kids will love. Be sure to show them these and let them become familiar with them before school lets out for the year.
This user-friendly site allows students and their parents to be able to print off thousands of extra practice worksheets for every math function you can think of. If you have a student that is getting ready to enter third grade, print them off a packet of multiplication and division. Not only will you be reinforcing the skills they already have, but you will be assisting with the new ones that they will soon need. Plus, there are answer sheets available if you aren’t quite sure of the answer yourself.
I wish they would have had the internet around when I was in elementary school. I would have been on Spelling City morning, noon, and night during the summer. For some reason, I had this love of spelling that was unequaled by my classmates. Quite a few educators create accounts and use Spelling City for their weekly spelling lists. Look for your future teacher’s name and try to find their list so you can prepare for the upcoming school year.
This app will supply your students the ample math practice time they need to come back to school in the fall ready to go. It will give them problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Think of it like digital flashcards. Kids need to know their basic math skills quickly, so when the problems start getting harder with equations, they will be well prepared.
Curiosity Machine is an app and website that just might instill a lifelong love of science and technology in your students. It is free to use for everyone and will supply your kids with science and technology activities that can range from easy to quite hard. In fact, more and more teachers are incorporating Curiosity Machine into their science curriculum in the classroom.
Geography is often tough for kids to learn. The key is to get them to know the location and names of the states early and then expand to world maps later on. This fun little website will allow them to learn the states by putting them all together in a puzzle. I have to admit, as a third-grade teacher, my students would enter the school year barely being able to pick out their home state on the map. By the end of the year, with help from this website and others like it, they had improved dramatically.
These apps and websites should keep the students busy and prepared during the summer months. If you would like to make sure they are even more prepared for the upcoming school year, iAchieve can definitely help. We have tremendous tutors for all subject areas and grade levels. If you are concerned about your student having the summer learning loss on all the things they learned in the past school year, iAchieve could be the perfect solution.
Written by Ryan Crawley
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