As we approach a brand new school year, chances are you’re looking for ways to boost your children’s reading skills before they head off to class. Maybe you went into the summer with grand plans for them to spend 20 minutes a day reading and practicing sight words with flashcards, but life got in the way. Or maybe they’ve been diligently knocking books off their reading list, but now you’re looking for that extra boost to sharpen their skills.
Whatever the case, it’s not too late to help your first or second grader strengthen those reading and grammar skills before it’s time to hang up the swimsuit for the season. No need to feel overwhelmed! Here’s a little secret: These three workbooks will help them start school ready to thrive this year, no matter what they’ve been up to over the summer. Think of it as jumpstarting success — the fun way.
1. Scholastic Success With Grammar
This grammar activity book has editions for both first graders and second graders, and each focuses on building basic grammar skills through fun activities. Incoming first graders will find practice with using capital letters, punctuation, adjectives, verbs, and recognizing the various parts of simple sentences. It’s all woven into 61 pages of fun challenges, fill-in-the-blank games, and sentence scrambles with fun illustrations and large, easy-to-read text.
Meanwhile, second graders will bolster important skills like identifying and using past-tense verbs, quotations, and contractions, while also reviewing the basics of sentence structure, parts of speech, and subject-verb agreement. Both the first and second grade editions are designed to meet the requirements of basic standardized skills test in a number of states. Most importantly, they present the information in a clear, entertaining way that makes children want to practice these skills, because it doesn’t feel like work at all.