Research shows that students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than at the end of the school year, and are more likely to gain weight while on break. Many exercise experts believe children today are too sedentary, which is contributing to the excess weight in one-third of children in the United States. This has created a groundswell of interest in implementing a whole body approach to education in general while specifically getting kids more active during the summer.
The SUMMER FIT workbook series aims to create fun learning experiences to help children retain and carry over knowledge from the previous school year. Additionally, by presenting a “whole body” approach with lessons and activities that focus on the body and the brain, Summer Fit helps parents and children capitalize on the mental and social benefits of physical exercise. “Summer should be a time for children to step away from their computers and televisions and exercise their brains and bodies naturally,” says series creator George Starks. “Kids should reconnect with themselves, their families and their friends on a personal level. They should be outside playing, but also brushing up on academic skills from the previous year, or those that they may find more challenging than others. They should also read and apply other classroom skills in enjoyable and entertaining ways.”
I was part of this blog tour last year and love what it is all about and completely endorse it so when I was asked to do it again this year, I jumped at it. It's great because it gives you more one on one educational an fun time with your child. They keep the book fun, fresh and interesting. They also have an award to give out to your child(s). This way, even though it is summer break, they are still continuing to learn. And even for those parents who both work full time or for the single parent, it is easy to work in because it isn't hours a day like a full school day. I asked to do the Pre-K instead of the higher levels because I have an almost three year old. I have been doing other educational products and using other resources with her especially since her birthday is three days after the cut off period for kids going to school this year and to watch her as she flourished is very exciting. This was so fun for me to do with my daughter and seeing her get excited and proud of herself when she caught on to something or when she figured it out on her own was a proud moment and icing on the cake.
All in all, I completely recommend this product/book for all parents of kids in elementary school.
About the Author:
George Starks founded Summer Fit Learning in 2010 after leading the national bestselling Summer Bridge Activities workbook series for Rainbow Bridge Publishing for 10 years. After the company was sold to North Carolina-based publisher Carson-Dellosa, Starks continued to build and lead a new summer learning division for Carson-Dellosa for four years.
Starks believes that riding a bike and reading a book with a child this summer can make or break their school year. The espresso-making, bike-riding, educational publisher is the creator of the new Summer Fit™ workbook series. He would like nothing better than to inspire parents to put down their smartphones and computers long enough to
ride bikes, play at the park and read with their children this summer – some traditions should not be left behind.
Even as a young child, Starks was aware that mental and physical activity are interwinded. The two orientations – which Starks feels represents a balanced approach to learning – are missing in many homes today. Fortunately, they are being adopted by parents and teachers around the country who are taking notice of what researchers are saying about this "whole-body" approach.