Third grade seems to mark a demarcation in school. Children are state tested in the third grade, they are able to read independently, and they can begin to cultivate learning interests in ways that they often haven't before. If you're looking to prepare your soon-to-be-third-grader this summer, you will need to find appropriate and challenging learning activities and strategies.
Here are some activities to consider:
An appropriate learning activity has two principle components: 1) it suited for the age/learning experience of your child, and 2) it challenges, but doesn't overwhelm your child.
To formatively assess the book/movie you're considering, have your child read a random page out of the book. Time them as they read (to gauge how long it's likely to take them to read the book) and ask them to underline (in pencil if you're just borrowing the book) any words they don't recognize. If they mark more than 5 words on the page, then it's likely not a good choice for you child.
Many third graders begin more intensive explorations of scientific concepts and disciplines. You can give them a head start on this process with a simple science experiment.
To ensure that it's an appropriate learning activity for your child, however, you'll need to test their basic math and reasoning skills. Having your child compare the amount of liquids in two measuring cups will help you determine if they have the math skills to complete the experiment.
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