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Old 06-12-2006, 10:45 AM
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Looking for ideas for summer

I am looking for ideas for this summer to help my mentally challenged son to help him try and get to grade level or higher than he is. My son will be enterning the 4th grade this year. He is basically still on 1st and 2nd grade levels. He is in a self contained classroom. The good thing is that he is mainstreamed in to a regular class room for a couple of subjects that he is grade level in. Just this year I have noticed that in reading and math they are doing the same things that they were doing with him last year. He is also doing the same papers that my two first graders are doing at school. He feels that he is not being challenged enough. Yes he has problems but in no what is he a dumb kid. We have always pushed him to be the best he can be at everything he does. They told me that he would never have the balance to ride a bike. Well we proved them wrong. In a day. He is big into racing he wants to race NASCAR when he is older. We are working on that, right now he races dirt bikes and quarter midget. He has many tropheys to prove that he can be the best one out there.

Friday he came home from school and asked what time his dad got home because he did something in school and he had to show him. When his dad got home he was outside before he even got out of the car to show him the paper that he did. He was so proud of him self since he didn't have todo it if he couldn't.

He is on second grade math, and I know that I can have him on grade level math by the end of the summer.

He is only beginning to read, I know that I will not have him on grade level by the end of the summer but I do think I could have him on a higher level of reading.

Does anyone have any ideas that I can use with him over the summer?
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Check with your local library to see if they have a summer reading program. I think that most libraries set up some kind of reading challenge for the kids to keep up their interests in reading. Usually when they read a certain number of books, they will get a prize.

Have him read aloud to you at night or when you are cooking dinner.

There are many websites that have games and lessons for your son to do on the computer. You can also print worksheet for him too.

Set up a family game night and play games like Scrabble or Monopoly, something that uses spelling and math skills.

Don't forget Science and Social Studies too. National Geographic has a nice kids site that my son loves. Their kids' magazine is great too. ( I got a really good deal on it from a mag. dealer on Ebay).

I will look up some of the sites that my son uses and post them for you.


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Here are some of the sites that we use:

good for worksheets: http://www.tlsbooks.com/englishworksheets.htm


other sites:

http://www.funbrain.com/words.html

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/k12links.htm

http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/



Nat'l Geo. Kids website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html


Online jigsaw puzzle site. You can choose how many pieces for each puzzle: http://www.jigzone.com/g.php?A
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Tami has lots of good suggestions.

Some other fun games that involve math/spelling are Rack-o, Boggle, dominoes. All of those are really inexpensive too.

If he likes cooking (or eating) have him read your recipes to you while you cook, and/or help you cook things. To practice math, he can work on doubling the recipe.

You could give him a sporting-goods ad from the Sunday paper and a "pretend budget" of $250 and have him come up with a list of equipment for a particular sport that would fit his budget. (encourages reading, math, organization skills).
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Check out 'DISTAR'. they have a tremendous reading program that has helped others in your son's situation [including several of my family members!]. Congratulations of being a mom who is willing to do what is necessary to help a struggling child. I know it's not always easy. Mary
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Thank you for the suggestions. We have already signed up for the summer reading program at the library as we do this everyyear. All the kids love it. We also read one chapter book right after another at home. I have found many websites that can also help. Thank you again
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I have found many websites that can also help. Thank you again
If you find any website that you really like, would you share them with us, please?


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