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I bought grade K-1 and Grade 4-5 for summer 2020. This is a self-motivated, self-pace summer book, my kids love them and they are keeping busy learning and also keeping active every day. I will buy summer bridge again.
I've gotten these books for my son every summer for the last 3 or 4 years. He hates them! But that's not a reflection on the product, but rather my parenting style. :-) These books provide simple, one-sheet-a-day activities to keep kids' skills fresh over the long summer. In theory, the activities should not take more than 30 minutes a day (probably less), but with the fighting that goes on in our house, the daily routine can last upwards of 2 hours. (Again, a reflection not on the product so much, but our family.) I have found, at times, that the skills do not entirely line up with our state curriculum, so I do have to teach him skills from time to time. These activities are not a massive time-hog for lazy summer days, but provide enough reinforcement to make the back-to-school transition relatively painless.
I'm not one to follow every little trend when it comes to children and education (I'm an old-fashioned, books-and-pencils kind of mother), but I absolutely do believe that summer learning loss is a real thing. I have my children do these bridge books every summer (along with the pleasure reading of their choice), and it makes a huge difference. They do 2 pages a day (I'm relaxed on weekends and during trips), so they still get plenty of play time--but they go back to school with at least a vague memory of what they've just learned, and I think they're also slightly ahead of the game with new material. Both of my children have made straight A's this year. I highly recommend these books!
I rarely write reviews but I felt so strongly this one. This book really helped my daughter bridge from 4th to 5th grade. She started 5th more confident and had all the curriculum down. All her papers are coming back with no errors and we really believe it was because of the practice work she did over the summer. I only wish I had done the earlier bridge programs that they offer.
We did one page a day, and it was just enough to keep the things she worked on in 4th grade fresh in her mind. All the work in the book was almost exactly everything she worked on. We also enjoyed the little things they included like "take 5 minutes to stretch and touch your toes".
I love these bridge workbooks. We used the 3rd grade one last summer and my daughter had no summer slide and in fact was markedly improved in math I’ve the summer. Her teacher had to ask her prior year teacher if she really had the right test scores.
This one appears to have the same quality of questions. The nice thing too is it doesn’t take super long (15 minutes of complaining she doesn’t want to do it and about 15 minutes of work to do it).
We have 6 kids going into 5th (2 of them), 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st grades next year. I was a little tentative about whether or not our kids would like these or if they'd just view it as a way for us to ruin their summer with school work! But they absolutely LOVE them and usually ask if they can do more than one day's worth of activities. Would definitely recommend this and plan on getting them again next summer!
This brand is incredible. We've used it as practice over the summer for several years now. Some of it does not match the curriculum we have locally but it gives us a chance to go over a variety of new material with the kids. We initially were looking something after a difficult year in 2nd grade. Not only did my kid catch up, his grades improved dramatically in 3rd grade and he moved to honors classes by 4th. I genuinely feel it's the extra effort he's put in by using these, and the time we get to spend together going over the material. I feel a lot more involved and able to understand what he's doing (given that one year he had no homework and it was difficult to tell what they were learning week to week).
I love these books and with the school system set up in this time of age you have to keep your child at least 1 grade a head which I was happy to do this summer with my son and his 2 cousins. I bought Summer Bridge Activities books 6-7, 7- 8 and 4- 5 and now 5-6. To me keeping their minds fresh in the summer just makes the new year a lot more smooth for the parents and especially the teachers. These are amazing books I recommend them to everyone.
I have bought summer bridging workbooks for several years for all of my daughters to use. They are a great tool to keep your child on grade level over the summer. The books are designed so that there is not too much work to do each day. Perhaps only 15 to 20 minutes worth of work. The books are also organized so that there is a variety of information being covered each day so it is not all one subject. The books are also designed to meet state guidelines so the information covered is what your child has seen in class throughout the year. I would highly recommend these bridging workbooks.