There are only so many days in a row you can go to the pool. When everyone needs a break, take advantage of your time at home with your kids to inspire their creativity and curiosity. Donna Freel, founder of Westchester Edge Tutoring, has several ideas to keep little brains sharp, even on the laziest of days. Number one priority: Make it fun.
- Math in the Kitchen – There’s a great deal of math hiding in your kitchen. Recipes are filled with fractions! When baking cookies or brownies for your next barbecue or picnic, plan to double or triple recipes. Or cut a recipe in half, that’s tricky. What is ½ of 1¼? Just having your child understand the relationship between halves, thirds, quarters and eighths is an afternoon well spent!
- Reading & Writing – Children love role paying. Suggest that they do a television interview with a favorite character or the author of a summer book. Have your child write out a script of the interview. Writing dialogue is an important skill that uses a lot of punctuation. Your child will learn how to use quotation marks and proper punctuation as they create their script. You’ll be surprised by the motivation that is sparked when you promise to make a video of it! Then get out an iPhone. Decide who will play the reporter and who will be the character and ask someone to record it. You can even dress up in costume to make it more fun!
- Money Riddles – Keeping a container with loose coins is a wonderful source of creative math possibilities that involves critical thinking skills. Take a few coins from the container, or your wallet, and add up their value. Tell your child how many coins you have and their total value, then have them guess what coins you actually have. Then switch roles. Children adore guessing games! Or have your child think of all the possible combinations of coins for a given value. How can I make 84 cents with the least amount of coins? Or the most amount of coins?
Having taught at The Spence School, a private girls’ school in Manhattan for 20 years, as well as raising her own son, Donna Freel has found summer to be a wonderful gift to children. Time to relax and spend with family and friends but also a wonderful opportunity to review and practice skills that they might not have mastered during the school year. Freel has tutored privately for many years, working with children from kindergarten up to 8th grade. She approaches teaching with a nurturing and warm personality that helps build relationships with children and families. Donna has a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education as well as a New York State Permanent Teaching Certification.
If you would like to explore summer tutoring opportunities and what would best suit your child, please contact Westchester Edge Tutoring at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-797-0424.