At Liberty Christian School we strive for academic excellence. Continual practice is the way to maintain skills in every area of life. Academics are no different. Research has shown that all young people experience learning losses when they don't engage in educational activities during the summer. If a child takes the summer off from academics, especially reading, then they have a 3 month achievement gap in comparison to those who practiced over the summer. By the end of 6th grade that equals 18 months of lost knowledge.
- Scrabble / Scrabble Jr. – works on spelling
- Monopoly/ Monopoly Jr – works on counting money
- Memory – works on recall and recognition
- Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication war – Use a deck of cards. Assign the Ace as 1, Jack as 11, Queen as 12, King as 13. (For younger players take out the Ace, J, Q, K) Shuffle the cards and then deal into 2 even piles. Each player turns over one card. The first one who tells the correct answer gets the cards. If there is a tie then whoever wins the next battle gets those cards as well.
- Practice in the real world with measuring for a project, counting money at the store, helping cook a treat for the family, or other activities as you go throughout the summer.
Computers, ipads, and cell phones can also be tools for maintaining skills. Here are just a few games, websites, and apps we have found that are great for mental workouts.
Apps (Some apps are free and some are not)