what do you suggest my 5 year old daughter do this summer?

@im_anna (718)
Philippines
March 19, 2007 7:57am CST
now that my daughter's school days are over, what can you suggest that she can do to continue her study habits, even for just an hour a day or every other day for 2 months so she won't get shocked when school starts again this june?
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• United States
19 Mar 07
Whatever she does, make it be outside! Too many kids spend their summer vacations vegging out playing video games. I know I did, and I'm not exactly skinny! Lol, don't repeat my mistakes!
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
yes, i agree with video games, it's a good thing my daughters haven't seen any computer/video games. I hope this school year, her classmates won't bring any :)
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Why not buy her a journal and have her write in it every day. This will help with her writing skills and spelling. I started this with my daughter when she was 5. I would tell her how to spell the words she didn't know and then she would draw a picture to go along with what she wrote. We also read every night. Pick books that are age appropriate. The have tons of beginner reading books at the local libraries. These activities also can be a great bonding time for mother/father and daughter.
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@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
i like that journal idea, we've been practicing her handwriting & reading skills from what's available, a notebook, a pad paper, a type writing paper, but a journal would organize all her writings in one place.
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
its nice to have academic summer classes, but i thnk it would be more fun if you let your child learn howto play musical instruments or any sports
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
19 Mar 07
As a mom that home schools both of her kids, I would like to offer you a quick sugestion. At your local Dollar Tree or Dollar Store you should be able to pick up some cheap workbooks that would help keep her involved with the basics and there are always activities at the local library. You could also jut be sure that she is reading some. I do like the journal idea as it would keep her involved with spelling and writing, but I think they need an all around practice to keep them refreshed in the basic skills.
@mrsbrian (1951)
• United States
19 Mar 07
hello i would set adise some time daily for reading and also you can go on the internet and find some work sheets for the grade she is going into next year maby help her work on those, but mostly allow her to be a child, make sure she gets outside and lots of exercise, not so much video games all day long.
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
19 Mar 07
She's only 5, so you don't need to do much. Reading is the most important thing. Read to her every day for 20-30 minutes, a couple of times a day. If she's able to read herself, listen to her read a book during that time too. Read signs and things like that througout your day. Writing and/or coloring is also great. It keeps her used to the feel of a pencil or crayon in her hand. Any small motor skills work is also good. Playing with playdoh, cutting with scissors, doing little crafts. Those are all important skills to practice. Also, things like tying her own shoes and putting jackets on by herself, using the restroom and washing hands. All those things are very important skills at this age. Learning encompasses much more than workbooks and computer tutoring games. It should be fun, hands on, and meaningful. Enjoy the time with her!
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
i was running out of ideas, from going on a dip in the water, going to the playground, reading, writing, it's good that you mentioned doing some crafts, or playing with playdoh. thanks for reminding
• United States
20 Mar 07
a ymca day camp or summer school would be a good way to entertain and keep her busy during the summer. scower the internet for fun ways to entertain/educate the kids on 'field trips' with the family to the zoo and what not. just ideas lol!
@joanna08 (394)
• Philippines
20 Mar 07
enroll her into something that she'll enjoy. their are baking classes for children where they make cookies and have fun. though it is not studying, it is something that she'll enjoy and you'll never know she might love it. Their is nothing wrong in learning how to bake, she can learn values like hard work and perseverance there. Its also a nice way for her to still have friends, so that in july she is more friendly with other kids since she's already used to people. :))
• United States
19 Mar 07
Since it is summertime in the Philippines -- it will be extremely hot. I would suggest to be with her and spend time with her when you got the time. You are a working mother which I know you go through your everyday struggles working and making a living. Take her to the beach or encourage her daily when she does go to school.
@ana1361 (98)
• Sweden
19 Mar 07
i think the best way is to register her for a language learning class.but dont anoy her becouse when the scholls start again she make habit again to study