Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Summer Fit: Fifth to Sixth Grade, by Leland Graham

Summer Fit: Fifth to Sixth Grade, by Leland Graham
2013, 160p, Children's Workbook
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Provided a copy by publisher for an honest review

Summer Fit Activity Books move summer learning beyond academics to also prepare children physically and socially for the grade ahead. Academic exercises are based on Common Core standards and include skills in math, reading, writing, language arts and science. Fitness exercises are designed to jump start the recommended 60 minutes of active play a day that children need to grow up healthy. Role models from throughout the world including Rosa Parks, Bethany Hamilton and Mother Teresa help reinforce core values such as honesty, respect and trustworthiness. Summer Fit extends the summer learning experience online with free reading and math digital downloads, book reports, health and wellness activities and fitness videos. * Based on Common Core: math, reading, writing, language arts and science * Exercises jump start the recommended 60 minutes of daily movement and play * Role models reinforce core values, good character and social skills * Integrated academics and physical activities reinforce the importance of the body-brain connection * Free digital downloads

When I saw a summer workbook come up for review, I jumped at the opportunity to review it. I homeschool my children and will sometimes use workbooks to supplement our learning (and my children think they're fun!). My daughter is going into fifth grade and I wanted to see how this would work for her. I didn't pay close enough attention that this workbook was actually preparing for the sixth grade so some of the work is a little beyond her but she's been diligently working through it and has loved it! I'm having her go through and do what she can and then next summer, I'll have her go back through and finish it. I did look at some of the 4-5 grade workbook sheets online and they seemed like they would have been pretty easy for her, so I'm glad she has something that will stretch her.

The workbook focuses on mind, body and daily reading for 20 minutes. For the mind, there's a worksheet which is front and back and they focus on a different subject each day. The body gives her ideas of different exercises to do each day which she enjoys doing. My children also swim and play outside a lot so they are getting plenty of physical exercise. The daily reading is easy for her since she loves to read! There's a Summer Reading List at the beginning and she had fun counting off the books she's already read and we got some ideas for books to add to her reading list. I meant to order a workbook for my son as well (they go through the eighth grade) but didn't so I will be sure to get one for him next year. 

Overall, I like it and think it's a good summer program for children. It's easy to implement and children can independently work through it. There is an "Extras" section at the end which includes a Fitness Index, Family Health and Wellness Tips, Summer Journal, Book Report, Answer Key and Certificate of Completion. If you're looking for a way to keep your children's brains and bodies active during the summer, this is a series you'll want to check out!



Unknown said...

So cute...this is such a cute idea!

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