Title: Summer Fit: Exercise for the Brain & Body while Away from School
Author: Kelly Terrill & Portia Marin
Pub Date: April 2011
Publisher: Summer Fit Learning
Source: I received a copy of this work book from MediaGuest for my honest review.
About the Book:
Summer Fit is the first workbook series in summer learning to take a multi-dimensional approach to what its creators see as an opportune time for today’s parents to reinforce and create well balanced and prepared students for the school year ahead using a combination of book and computer based learning. The Summer Fit series provides parents with workbook activities based on national standards in reading, writing and math, a daily fitness program designed by school coaches and trainers and core values activities using historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and Mother Teresa. On-line resources include bonus activities in reading, writing and math, interactive on-line games that review basic skills, fitness videos to show children and parents how to properly perform daily exercises, and access to family friendly movies to reinforce core values.
I should first tell you that the books are available for grades K-1, 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5. I picked out the 2-3 since Michael will be finishing up grade two in a little less the a months time.
Every summer I always pick him up a work book to do over the summer holiday so that he can remember what he has learned over the past year and to give him an idea of what is to come in the following year. This truly makes a great rainy day activity over the summer.
Having tried other kinds of works books I was excited to look this over and review it because this one is completely different from all the others. This one doesn’t just focus on reading, writing, math but it also goes into fitness and nutrition.
What the Summer Fit work books include:
~Daily activities (only 5 days a week) and exercises for a 10 week program.
~Weekly values bases activities that inspire children and teach core values.
~Free downloads to provide extra challenges in reading, writing and math.
~Bicycle maintenance and safety activities by Mike and The Bike.
~Reading and mathematics activities based on national standards.
~On line videos to show children how to properly perform fitness activities.
~Activities and exercises that progress in difficulty so children are not overwhelmed.
As I was flipping through the book I noticed that each chapter (week) started out with what was going to be covered in that week, along with some physical activity and what the core value of the week was. I noticed also that all the work that Michael will be doing is stuff that he has learned this year so it will be a great refresher for him.
Being a book lover one of my favorite things was at the end of each week there is a little box called Book list and it lists three books and you can go online to download a book report activity sheets. What a great way to get kids to read. This is something that I am sure we will be doing.
So not only can you use the book but you can go online for additional activities. The bonus for me was that they even include Canadian content that I am able to download.
Check back at the end of the summer when I will do another review of the book from Michael’s perspective.
Just from looking this over in the past few weeks I know I will end up picking up the following books after this one.
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