Summer Bridge Activities Workbook Review and Giveaway




Summer vacation is only 3 weeks away, and I'm so excited! After nine months of waking up early, schedules, homework and activities, it will be so nice to sleep in, stay in our pj's, do nothing, laze around, watch tv, be idle......

Hang on, that's not supposed to be how it goes. I'm supposed to be the proactive parent and make sure they're entertained and engaged; even more importantly, I need to make sure their brains don't turn into mush. If you dread that infamous "summer slide" as much as I do, here are a few suggestions to make sure your child's academic skills stay sharp all summer:

1) Read to your child every day.

2) Join a summer reading program (Borders Books has one, and your local library probably does too).

3) Visit museums and cultural centers every now and then.

4) Attend one of the many summer outdoor concerts to expose your child to different styles of music.

5) Buy a summer activity book like the Summer Bridge Activities workbook and have your child work on it for 10-15 minutes every day.


The kids really enjoyed working on the Summer Bridge Activities workbooks that we reviewed last summer, so I was happy to receive new ones to review this year from publisher Carson Dellosa (Bridging Grades 3-4 for The Pea, and Bridging Grades K-1 for Jammy and 3Po).

Here's how it works: each workbook is divided into 3 sections, which are designed to be completed within a 3-month (summer vacation) timeframe. The first 2 review concepts and skills from the previous schoolyear, and the last section is a preview of things they will be learning in the new year. Parents are encouraged to have their kids complete two activity pages each day for maximum results; I personally think it's alright to let your kids do a couple more pages if they're enthusiastic, and skip a day or two if you're doing something else -- as long as not too many days pass without doing the workbook, or they don't do so many pages that they get burned out.

What do I really like about these Summer Bridge Activity workbooks? Let me count the ways:

1) The exercises are doable. They're not so challenging that I need to help them out (hey, it is summer after all, and they're not studying for the SATs!), and the kids are confident in their ability to complete the exercises.

2) It's not just math and reading; each section has bonus activities like science experiments, games, map reading, and more. This makes it much more interesting for the kids.

3) Stickers, stickers, stickers! My kids never seem to get tired of stickers, and these workbooks have tons of reward stickers for each exercise that they complete.

I think this workbook series is a great way to keep kids' academic skills from sliding during the summer, and it's also a great way to keep them entertained on the road and on vacation (it sure beats video games from a parent's perspective)! The kids already want to get started on these workbooks but I'm holding them off until summer vacation actually begins. It's going to be a great summer!

Click here to read more about the Summer Bridge workbook series and see free sampler pages



Win a Summer Bridge Activity workbook
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Disclosure: I received a product sample, but was not paid to review the product or give my opinions. Unless clearly stated, the views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Tabathia on May 29, 2010 at 5:39 AM said...

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Prem on May 29, 2010 at 6:44 AM said...

It happens with all of us that we get really bored at the time of summer holidays. So here is the solution which will make you a lot comfortable in your home plus a lot of enjoyment.

Mami2jcn on May 29, 2010 at 7:32 AM said...

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Steph on May 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM said...

I would choose:
Summer Bridge Activities K-1
Summer Bridge Activities Workbook K- 1
Summer Bridge Activities 1-2

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abfantom on May 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM said...

I would like:

1) Summer Bridge Activities Grades 2 - 3
2) Summer Bridge Activities Grades 3 - 4
3) Summer Bridge Activities Grades 4 - 5

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Lori A. on May 30, 2010 at 2:08 PM said...

I would love to get:
1) Summer Bridge Activities Book for Grades 6-7
2) Summer Bridge Activies Book for Grades 1-2
3) Summer Bridge Activities Book for Grades 2-3
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AStarrA on May 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM said...

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Summer Bridge Activities Workbook K- 1
Summer Bridge Activities 1-2

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Anonymous said...

I love your workbooks! Thanks!

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Anne J on June 2, 2010 at 7:04 AM said...

I'd pick
1. Summer Bridge Activities : Book 5-6
2. Summer Bridge Activities : Book 6-7
3. Summer Bridge Activities : Book 7-8

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Terra H. on June 2, 2010 at 12:04 PM said...

I would like
Summer Bridge Activities 5-6 Workbook
Summer Bridge Activities 5-6 Book
Summer Bridge Activities K-1 Workbook
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littlelatina on June 2, 2010 at 2:32 PM said...

Great for my future 4th grader

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Sue on June 3, 2010 at 6:52 AM said...

I'd like the Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks for PK-K, 2-3, 7-8. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Jenn S. on June 4, 2010 at 7:24 AM said...

I would choose.
1. Summer Bridge Activities : Book
Grade 4-5
2. Summer Bridge Activities : Book
Grade 1-2
3. Summer Bridge Activities : Book
Grade 2-3

Angela on June 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM said...

I would love the Summer Bridge Activities book for Pre-k-k, grade 1-2, and grade 2-3
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sweetsue on June 4, 2010 at 7:06 PM said...

I like the Summer Bridge Activities for grades PK-K,grade K-1, and grade 3-4 for my grandchildren.
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I like the Summer Bridge Activities K-1.

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Darcie K. on June 9, 2010 at 1:18 AM said...

I would choose the:
Summer Bridge Activities Book Grade 4/5
Summer Bridge Activities Book Grade 3/4
Summer Bridge Activities Book Grade 5/6

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wigget on June 9, 2010 at 6:43 AM said...

i'd like to try the Summer Bridge Activities book 904118

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Summer Bridge Activities Books 5/6, 6/7, and 7/8!

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Sonya on June 9, 2010 at 9:20 PM said...

I'd love the Summer Bridge Activities : Book PK-K, Summer Bridge Activities : Book 1-2, and Summer Bridge Activities : Book 2-3.

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Melissa B. on June 10, 2010 at 5:34 AM said...

My first pick would be Preschool Skills.

Fine Insanity on June 10, 2010 at 6:07 AM said...

I would pick the Summer Bridge Activities: Grade(s): K-1, Summer Bridge Activities K-1 : Workbook, and Summer Bridge Activities : Book for Pre-K and K!

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Tammy on June 10, 2010 at 2:16 PM said...

Summer Bridge Activities For Young Christians : Workbook K-1
Summer Bridge Activities For Young Christians : Workbook PK - K
Canada K-1 Summer Bridge Act. : Workbook

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I would like the Summer Bridge Activities for Young Christians: Workbooks for Grade 1 and 2. I also like the 3rd Spelling: Workbook.

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naynays1 on June 10, 2010 at 7:13 PM said...

These would be great for us.
1) Summer Bridge Activities Grades 2 - 3
2) Summer Bridge Activities Grades 3 - 4
3) Summer Bridge Activities Grades 4 - 5
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Maja on June 10, 2010 at 7:14 PM said...

Summer Bridge Activities K-1
Summer Bridge Activities Workbook K- 1
Summer Bridge Activities 1-2

for my son

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Gianna on June 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM said...

Picture Learning Reading, Writing, and Math for Grade 1 : Workbook
Picture Learning Reading, Writing, and Math for Preschool : Workbook
First Grade Skills : Book

Donna on June 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM said...

I would like the Summer Bridge Activities : Book
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Bonggamom on June 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #14, abfantom!

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