Summer Time!!!

April 24, 2008

Everyone loves summer time.  We try to play and avoid work as much as possible.  But then, when we come back to classes in the fall, we’ve forgotten everything we’ve worked so hard to learn. 

Project Learn is offering classes throughout the summer at the Akron Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron.  We also have distant learning classes for those of you who are good on the computer and can’t make the classes downtown.  Just call us to set up the classes, 330-434-9461.

Here are a few suggestions to keep you sharp and ready for fall classes. 

  1. Plan on studying for 15 minutes a day.  It’s easy to fit in and you’d be surprised by the benefits.  You can borrow books from the library, but they are in high demand.  I’d recommend buying a used GED book online.  I’ve seen the ones that we use in class for as cheap as $2.00.  Shipping can be anywhere from $3.00-$6.00.  There is a large GED prep book that contains all 5 subjects called, The Complete GED Preparation Book, ISBN#0739828371.  With shipping, it will cost anywhere from $9.00-$15.00.  It’s a great bargain.  One website that I like is half.com.
  2. For those of you that struggle with math, doing just 2 problems a day will keep it fresh in your mind.  When it comes to math, use it or lose it, definately applies.
  3. If you don’t want to do any GED prep over the summer I understand.  But, improving your reading comprehension is easy to do.  Simply read an article in the newspaper or a magazine then ask yourself the 5 W’s:  Who, What, Where, When, Why, (and How).  Or better yet, read and discuss it with someone else. 
  4. Take a book outside with a glass of lemonade.  While the kids are outside playing, sit outside with them and look at a magazine (This only works if your kids aren’t constantly saying, “Watch me, Mom,” like mine.) 
  5. Turn off the TV one evening a week and read instead.  Yes, it can be done! 
  6. Go to the library once a week.  Get a yourself a book and a magazine, and some books for the kids.
  7. Spend some time this summer reading to kids, whether they are your own, or someone else’s.
    • See if you can predict what will happen next before you turn the page of a new book. 
    • Come up with a different ending to a favorite book. 
    • Read a story that doesn’t have pictures, then all of you draw your own pictures to go with it. It works great if everyone picks a different area of the book to draw.
    • Once you’ve finished the book, ask them Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. 

 Hope you have a wonderful summer break with your family.  Enjoy the sunshine!

 Krista

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