A Fun and Easy Way to Get Your Kid Ahead This Summer

Summer apps

What if your child could walk into the first day of class next year and know everything that would be taught for the next month? Regardless of how they finished the school year, it is possible. I know what you are thinking … summer school stinks, I am not an educator, and I am not going to spend the summer fighting that battle with my kids. But if your elementary and preteen kids are like mine, they will beg you to do this.

All the learning objectives for your child’s next year in school are readily available. They can be found at their school or on state and national learning standards websites. Here is how we are implementing this at our house with a lot of fun, learning, and no arguing.

  • For $279, we picked up a refurbished iPad Mini.
  • We located the objectives for the upcoming school year and printed them out.
  • We spent two hours reviewing apps in the App Store and downloading those that accomplished our objectives—total cost was about $25 for 11 apps.
  • We set aside one hour each day for “school” on the iPad. We do not use it for games except on the weekends, but if you do, simply make the games a reward for the hour of “school.”

This process works equally well for shoring up areas of weakness that we discovered throughout the course of last year. For reference, below is the list of apps we downloaded for our soon-to-be second-grader that covered all the objectives for next year:

  • Star Math
  • Reading Comprehension (Animals)
  • Spelling Bee
  • 2nd Core Math
  • 2nd Grade Overview
  • Reef English 2
  • Reading Comprehension (Fables)
  • 2nd Grade Earth Science Reading
  • Splash Math (Grade 2)
  • Stack the States
  • Math Bingo

Sure, this may not be for everyone, but it is so simple and easy and a great way to spend a portion of the summer. And why not start off next year at the head of the class?!


Until next time …


About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→