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Summer Screen Time Rules Printable
The summer slump is a real thing, but I try to help my kids stay sharp with a good dose of summer fun mixed. The big thing is not letting them veg out in front of the TV or play on the computer all day. They need to run, jump, play and learn, with a little bit of lazy screen time thrown in too.
What drives me crazy is the constant request for screen time. My girls play very well together, most of the time, but they need direction to get them started. So I created a printable filled with things they should do before they ask for screen time.
We won’t always do everything, but it’s a great place to start and hopefully to keep the constant, “Can I watch TV / play on the computer?” questions to a minimum.
Download the Summer Screen Time Rules Printable here.
Weekly Reader Summer Express Workbooks
Since I am not a teacher, workbooks are a great way for me to help my kids review what they have learned. Summer Express workbooks are great because they are designed for kids to do one workbook page (front and back) each day of summer — 10 weeks, Monday – Friday.
Of course, you can skip and double up as needed, but one page a day is a nice refresh without spending a lot of time doing homework! It’s doable.
After taking a look at the books with my kids, they are excited because they get a sticker for each page they complete and a mini certificate each week. It’s a cute motivation, and my kids dig it.
Summer Express workbooks are available for children entering K – 5th grade.
- Summer Express Workbook Between Grades Pre-K and K
- Summer Express Workbook Between Grades K and 1
- Summer Express Workbook Between Grades 1 and 2
- Summer Express Workbook Between Grades 2 and 3
- Summer Express Workbook Between Grades 3 and 4
- Summer Express Workbook Between Grades 4 and 5
Each book is a review of a variety of concepts taught during the year prior and expected to know going into the next grade. Each book covers math, reading, grammar, vocabulary concepts and more, which means each day kids get to review something different. A great way to keep kids interested in working though the book.
Next fall, Sissy heads off to Kindergarten! It will be a big transition for her, and she was thrilled to learn that the Summer Express workbooks start with a book for the summer between Pre-K and Kindergarten. Now she can sit with her big sister and they can both work on their homework together.
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More Summer Fun
Keep track of summer reading with this Summer Reading Log printable.
15 Free Summer Reading Programs
Ellie Wright says
I take my kids to the library every week and they participate in it’s summer reading program.
Stephanie Phelps says
I help prevent the summer slump by making up games that keep them reading and spelling! We also play math games!
Sandy Klocinski says
When my daughter was young I took advantage of my local library to keep her reading skills up
shelly peterson says
I make sure my son keeps reading through the Summer. We try to make fun learning activities for my grandson.
Julie Wood says
I make sure to keep my kids having fun doing crafts, helping out in the garden, riding bikes, going to the pool and park!
Denise Sachs says
I take my kids to the library and sign them up for various activities.
We go to the library often for new reading material.
WE DO DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES SUCH AS GOING TO THE LIBRARY, READING TO EACH OTHER AND EVEN APPS LIKE ABC MOUSE 🙂
I plan one to two big outing a week. It breaks up the routine.
Jessica To says
We try to go to the library a lot during the summer and stay active.
My family and I frequently go to the library to help avoid summer slump.
Margaret Smith says
We try to keep busy by going to the park, having picnics, hiking and bike riding and often have play dates.
Cynthia R says
We have some camps spread out, a couple of short trips spread out and in between we go to the library a lot for books and movies.
Steve Weber says
We make sure to plan fun activities throughout the week.
Will G says
We go to the park.
We try to keep up our homeschooling routine, but in our area summer is the best time to play outside so as long as we’re outside the kids don’t get too bored!
We play board games and read books
kelly tupick says
We like to go outdoors and go on hikes. We explore and learn and have fun together.
We go to the library during the summer months and enjoy the summer reading programs.
Ann Fantom says
I help my daughter get through the summer slump by getting her a bridge study guide every summer.
I keep my kids busy with gardening, crafting, biking and reading during summer.
Dana Rodriguez says
Fun games and outdoor activities.
Nicole Martin says
We get outside every day.
Danielle Day says
we travel a lot,
I prevent the summer slump with plenty of indoor and outdoor planned activities.
amy stonger says
I have them do worksheets a few days of the week. We also read every day and take educational trips.
Cynthia C says
I always had my boys join the summer reading program at the library.
Ashley C says
We try to do some educational activities at home and have some learning experiences out at museums and such
Carly Williams says
We try to prevent the summer slump by staying active in community activities!
Heather W says
My youngest is only 4 so I dont have experience with a summer slump yet but i would probably try and keep up a good summer reading routine mixed in with fun science activities!
Betsy Barnes says
When my son was in school, we would go on nature walks, then create art during the summer.
Tee Anderson says
We do a lot of outdoor sports and lots of crafts inside.
Patricia Wojnar Crowley says
We stay on a routine/schedule on most days.
Nidhi Chauhan says
We go for summer reading programs at the library. My son also loves to play ourdoor.
Mary Cloud says
We like to go on Excursions – trips to the Zoo and such
BIRDIE SKOLFIELD says
my boy must read 1 hour a day and work on 3 work pages a day of math writing and grammar we don;t go off when school is out
Debbie F says
I like to take my son on hiking trips, to museums, and to events at the local library.
He still tries to spend as much time as he can on video games but these are nice little breaks. 🙂
Sara Zielinski says
By keeping the kids engaged in learning activities.
Elizabeth Brooks says
We read books.. and educational games
Stephanie Grant says
I try to make everyday some sort of learning adventure even if we are just staying in we do fun little experiments with household products and we do lots of summer camps like the summer reading program our local library offers and the summer science camp our local school offers. We stay pretty busy.
Tracie Cooper says
We take lots of day trips to the local water parks!
Jessica Naca says
I like to check out all the websites and bloggers I follow locally for events and I schedule them into the calendar. I fill in the empty slots with other common fun like pool, library, and playground time.
Kimmy Ripley says
My Chloe Pearl works on a Summer Bridge book. It helps her out so very much! Never stop learning!
I help prevent the summer slump with variety and patience.
Lisa Brown says
I make sure to have projects, crafts, anything creative of the kids to do during the summer months.
We visit the library and do a lot of reading.
Janet W. says
I help prevent the summer slump by making a schedule for my grandsons so they know each day what is expected of them. Each day they have an activity to do whether it’s a worksheet page, read a book, do an online educational game, etc.
we like to go to the library
Barbara Montag says
To avoid summer slump we like to visit and picnic at some of our favorite parks.
Cheryl B. says
We take a vacation, go camping, visit the beach, then visit libraries and museums in our area.
We prevent summer slump with a lot of crafts.
To prevent the summer slump I read books with my niece and we love to go to the Children’s Museum and Science Museum.
Sarah Hayes says
we love work books and learning at home in the summer
Susan Smith says
We go to the library once a week to check out books.
Lots of trips to the library and park
Karla R. says
I like taking the girls swimming at our local pool or the park.
Brittney House says
I try to plan little fun things to do every or every other weekend.
Emily Smith says
We have quiet time, 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. They can either read quietly or write a short story.
During the summer we plan fun outings at least once a week and read books throughout the week.
Cynthia Schmied says
We beat the summer slump by keeping up school and sports friendships. Sleepovers and picnics at a local park.
Tracy Shafer says
Make sure you do something really fun at least twice a week.
laura bernard says
We go on mini trips!
Valerie Mabrey says
I read to the grandkids all the time and they love the library.
Thomas Murphy says
I find new fun things to do.
Thanks for the great ideas! I usually print out worksheets I find on pinterest, plan a weekly library trip to keep the book stash fresh and exciting, and have them write letters or color pictures to send to cousins, grandparents, etc.
We do summer workbooks!
Vanessa Flores says
we plan weekly trips to the library, swimming pool, and play dates
courtney b says
we do lots of fun things like go shopping, go to playlands, parks zoos and of course the library.
We do a lot of reading over the summer and we like to play “educational” games like 10 days in Africa, etc. Still fun activities but working the brain a bit!
kathy Persons says
We participate in the summer library program
amanda lea says
Signing my girl up for local library programs!
Kyl Neusch says
We do summer workbooks!
Tabathia B says
We participate in the summer reading program and I purchase workbooks from Sams Clubs
carol clark says
i take my son to the park so he can interact and then it helps with his slump and then back to reading at the libary we go
Deanna Marissa says
We are joining summer reading program at out local library.
Ashley S says
We try to incorporate fun activities that have an educational element to them! Learning can be so fun!
Kristyn M. says
We prevent the summer slump by going to summer camp.
we go to the library, worksheets, and do summer camp to help
We go on a lot of educational fun trips.
We love to visit the library every week and check out new books to read.
We rarely hit a stump in the summer around here, we live in the city so there is always something to do.
We go to library programs and do summer reading .
Rebecca Beck says
Summer library program and our annual trip to the beach.
Sheila K. says
We are constantly reading, no matter the season!
Donna L says
When my daughter was young she would do workbooks and she was in a reading club.
christina O says
Reading books daily.
Thank you for the giveaway. This is such a great prize! I always try to encourage playing outside, games, etc. I also love to take them to the lake sometimes when the weather is nice. It can be difficult to keep them occupied, but I try to find ideas that they would enjoy.
Christopher Mason says
Practice, practice, practice.
we like to have fun and play games, read and go outside in the summer. 🙂
Kelly Kimmell says
We go to the library and pick out interesting books for my daughter to read.
Read books every day and play lots of fun games.
Sadie B. says
We join the library reading program and check out lots of books.
Serena Powell says
I think hiking and reading are great ways to prevent summer slumps.
Sonya Morris says
I help prevent the summer slump by using workbooks and printables throughout the summer.
Jacquelyn Cannon says
I would prevent the summer slump by buying school activity workbooks and having my kids do work in them. Also, I would also take my kids to the library once each week and check out a few books to read for the library reading club.
Emily R. says
We participate in the public library’s summer reading program.
Bryan Vice says
We always try to do educational crafts, its stuff that they love to do but at the same time keeps their mind fresh !
We go on nature walks
Erika W. says
We prevent summer slump by reading books and watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy with the kids.
This is awesome. I help the kiddos keep from getting in the slump by finding fun ways to learn and enjoy Summer. We love museums and I also love to have them activities and DIY to promote learning. I am all about the motivation just like the stickers in those books.. that would excite them!
Denise B. says
We don’t have a summer slump. We homeschool, and we live in Kissimmee. There is always something going on.
Sarah L says
A trip to the library every week.
Thanks for the contest.
Jilliann M says
We go to the programs at the library.
We play games that involve learning. We make up trivia games etc.
Sharon Rooney says
We encourage reading and we visit local museums and historic sights.
Tara O. says
We participate in the summer reading program at our library and attend their events!
James Robert says
My kids have kindles so they like to read books and play games from various apps if they get bored.
Michelle C says
We visit the library and spend time playing educational apps.
Diane Hamel says
Keep the kids busy
Kristin C. says
We go to the science museum or library.
paige chandler says
Activities, sleepover camp, lots of cookouts
Cynthia Green says
We go visit museums and other fun places.
Sarah Hall says
We go to the library and aquarium to keep active.
We go visit museums.
Michelle Simons says
Get the bikes out and make some Peanut Butter n Jelly sandwiches. add to a paper bag. bring drinks too. head to a fun park with a picnic table and enjoy like the good old days.
Linda Lansford says
we go to the beach often
Bridgett Wilbur says
We take the kids hiking and to the beach a lot.
We make a weekly plan of things to do- from events to chores to meal plans… my kids have things to look forward to and know what to expect!
We have a summer reading list and also work on workbooks and science projects.
Daniel M says
games movies crafts books sports
Lauren u says
Lots of reading and trips to the museum.
Susan Christy says
We always kept busy with vacations, company visiting, going to local attractions.
Noelle Carroll says
We have programs at the library, his preschool classroom does crafts twice a summer and he always finds that really fun
Kristi C says
We go to camps, read, and participate in activities at our local library.
Gina M says
We plan to do a little bit everyday, including reading, workbooks, and educational software.
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Angela Thorpe says
We go to the beach and the pool!
EMMA L HORTON says
PLAN OUT A WEEK OF ACTIVITIES BEFORE THE WEEK STARTS…SOME ACTIVITIES HARD SOME EASY
Lisa V. says
There’s always a local park to go to to exercise, enjoy and learn.
We visit the library at least twice a week.
We stay outside all summer to keep them occupied!
Michelle H. says
I try to find fun things for the family to do together, such as taking hikes or day trips.
Stephanie Liske says
We make sure we’ve always got things to do.
Seyma Shabbir says
We love to visit other cities. It helps us to learn new things and not get bored.
we GO TO THE REC alot!
We go to the library.
Brandon Sparks says
We try to always have fun activities planned for the kids.
jeremy mclaughlin says
Visit the library and make sure they are reading everyday.
Sarah Mayer says
I prevent the summer slump by setting goals for each of my kids.
amanda whitley says
i bring my kids to the library often during the summer and have them read on road trips.
erica hall says
We visit new places and try to work some STEM projects in. We also watch Shark tank and The profit as a family and have the kids comment on if it is a good deal or not.
Erin M says
We try to find fun things to do that also involves learning at home science experiments.
Kathy Pease says
My kids always read lots of books throughout the summer as the school made a list of books to be read
Janine Hwang says
I try to keep lots of fun activities in our plans
Carrie M says
We prevent slump by visiting the library and doing various workbooks that make the learning fun. We also have online math programs that are like games so she is learning while having fun.
Trisha McKee says
We learn by going on road trips to educational places and we have trips to the library. We have picnics where we read under the sun.
We are going to get outside as often as we can! Thanks so much for the chances to win.
My daughter loves checking out books at the library.
We participate in the local public library reading program. The kids get free swim passes for reading 10 books per week. They get to do something fun and still work to prevent summer slump.
We utilize the library a lot!
We keep reading as much as we can
Breanna Pollard says
WE READ ALL THE TIME.
Philip Lawrence says
I prevent the Summer slump by planning each day the night before so I always have something planned to do.
Laurie Emerson says
We go to the library twice a week and each child picks books to read. They also have some workbooks and each day we go over what they learned the previous school year.
Melissa Cunningham says
I keep my kids active, hiking, biking, swimming, baseball etc
We try to stay active and find fun things to do.
Jerry Marquardt says
I like to go to the beach to prevent summer slump.