Are you ready for the New School Year?!

20140830-724For the last 10 months I have been tutoring an amazing 7-year-old, aka the Little Miss, who just needed a little extra encouragement to get her work done and work to her fullest potential. Much of the work we did was homework handouts, spelling words, and reading. Once school was out, it was my job to figure out how to keep the learning fun. I was grateful to discover the new game “Are You Ready For 2nd Grade?” which kept the spirit of summer with a sprinkling of learning.

I don’t know who was more excited, the tutor or the tutee! Although we are on summer break we know the importance of reinforcing what was learned in 1st grade as well as getting a jump-start on 2nd grade. The game is set up like a game show with six different games each having three categories: Vocabulary, Math, and Challenge. I definitely liked the different levels of difficulty which made the game fun and yet challenging for the Little Miss.
20140830-730Not wanting the Little Miss’ four year old brother to miss out on the fun, we were able to tweak some of the questions on the fly for him to take part in the game. The players compete for “money” based on the level/difficulty of the question, and they couldn’t be happier. We even turned her winnings into a math lesson, calculating her total winnings at each break and with a grand total at the end of the game. Every time I am over the children ask when we are going to play again. It also makes a fun activity for a summer playdate. The Little Miss and her friends love to take turns playing game host and of course, controlling the bank! The game comes in different grade levels and I think it is a great way to break up the monotony of “traditional” learning. This game isn’t only for the summer time, it can be played the entire year supporting lessons learned at school. After you play the games with your child, get a personal online assessment by entering the game results at right. Lakeshore Learning instantly pinpoints any areas where your child needs additional help and provide FREE printable activities, plus product recommendations to build skills even further…and ensure a successful school year. We definitely will be purchasing this game again next year!

Are Your Ready? Games are available exclusively at preparing your child for Kindergarten all the way to 5th Grade.

{ disclosure: I received a sample of Lakeshore Learning’s Are you Ready for 2nd Grade? No other compensation was received. As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own. }