Whether you homeschool or your kids go to public school, we all want our children to retain learned information over breaks. What if you could combine content and fitness in one activity?
Summer Fit – Keeping Brains and Bodies Active!
I was recently introduced to a new series of workbooks called Summer Fit. These workbooks are similar in style to the Summer Bridge series while aiming for a comprehensive approach integrating fitness, wellness, and character values. (Disclosure: I received a copy of this workbook for free in exchange for my honest review. See the bottom of this post for full disclosure details.)
Why include fitness in your summer review? Here’s what the Summer Fit introduction has to say…
Each workbook includes 8 weeks of daily activities (5 days a week). The goal is for students to review learned information in about 2 pages a day, taking about 20 minutes. The beginning page of each week’s information includes a parent’s guide and summary of information covered. Each week offers a value focus (like courage or self-discipline) and highlights a historical role model.
Each day offers a mini-exercise challenge for the day, plus a healthy habit tip (see the top header of the page in this photo).
From a fitness standpoint, the exercises are quick and won’t do as much to drastically improve your child’s fitness, but the exercises are fun and they motivate children to move on a daily basis (an extremely important habit to encourage). My guess is many kids will complete the exercises for a lot longer than 90 seconds. We tried the “gorilla walk,” and my fella had fun trying it with his daddy. (Exercise descriptions are explained in the back of the workbook.)
For the Preschool to Kindergarten version, students work on:
- Letter identification
- Phonics sounds
- Applying information to objects
- Pre-math skills
- Introduction to the concept of time
- Matching activities
- Basic science ideas
- And more…
I am very pleased with the variety of activities included and skills addressed.
My son is just a little young for this workbook, but we were able to easily adapt many of the activities for his level and special needs. For example, since my son can’t talk, I called out names of the shapes, and he pointed to the correct shape. We then wrote the shape name together.
For activities like “draw a happy face,” I drew both a happy and sad face and asked him to circle the happy one. (I was excited about his circle! He did pretty well!)
Using this workbook also helps me gauge what activities we need to address in future months.
Not only is this workbook good for student practice, but it’s also a crash course in healthy habits for your family. The first eleven pages include information on healthy habits and success over summer or breaks. The last twenty pages include fitness and wellness tips, printables, descriptions of the weekly and daily exercises included, recipes, and a variety of flashcards.
We’re not much of a workbook family, but my son is loving this workbook! He picks it up on his own, flips through it, and usually sits with me without hesitation to work through a page or two. We plan to use it to supplement our current preschool activities. Whether you homeschool or go to school on a traditional or year-round schedule, this workbook is a great addition.
Beginning this June, the Summer Fit website will be offering supplemental activities for further learning. The Summer Fit series has Preschool-Kindergarten levels all the way through 7th-8th grade levels. (You can also download samples of each grade level on their website.)
Thanks to Stone’s Education, I’m able to giveaway one copy of the Kindergarten-1st grade version of Summer Fit to one of you! (That’s the grade level above what I reviewed.) This giveaway is open from Wednesday, April 24th through 11:59pm (EDT) Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. (If you’re an email subscriber, click through to access the Rafflecopter widget on the blog.)
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How do you help your children retain information over breaks? What would you hope to get out of the Summer Fit series?
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the P-K version of Summer Fit free from Stone’s Education for review purposes. I have a partnership with Stone’s Education for product reviews and resources. I am not compensated monetarily for this review. I only share about products I value and believe would benefit readers. All opinions expressed are my own.
This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-Up and Tender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers at Teaching Mama.