Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away from School

Summer Fit: Exercises for the Brain and Body While Away from School by Kelly Terril and Sarria James
Summer Fit Learning Inc.
ISBN: 978-0976280057
Published April 1, 2011
Paperback workbook, 144 pages

It's a well-known fact that during their summer vacation children lose some of what they learned at school. So I was thrilled to once again get a copy of Summer Fit—a summer workbook with daily activities and exercises for a 10-week program—for my son who is currently in second grade. When I showed it to him, he groaned. I understood why. He was now at the end of the school year, deep into projects and exams, and was waiting for the day when he could burst out of the school doors for the last time until next September.

But after a week or two of frolicking in the pool and enjoying the lazy, hot summer days, he will get antsy and will go looking for his workbooks, markers and books. This is when Summer Fit will come in handy. Although jam-packed with activities that cover academics, fitness, and core values, it's not overwhelming for the child to do. One leisure hour per day (2 pages) covers the material in a fun way. I also appreciate this workbook because my son goes to an all French school where they only cover one hour of English a week, so this will give him a chance to review school material in English.

Each week of the program begins with an incentive contract page where the child can check off his work as he does it during the week. He can write his incentive for completing the work, for example, getting a special treat. Most kids find it fun to be rewarded for accomplishing their work. The workbook also covers some info on nutrition, bike safety, and includes a fitness index with a list and explanation of the many exercises to be done. I'm going to encourage my kids by doing some of these together with them and getting more fit too!

The material is based on US National Standards, however, there is additional Canadian-specific content available on their website,, which also contains educational games, online book report templates and other information from summer learning partners. I downloaded the list of fun activities and reading list. On the back cover of the book, it stated that trivia apps are available but I did not see any on the site. I will have to contact the publisher and ask about this. My kids have iPods and love apps! Also, there is no link on the website for online ordering. It would be easier for parents if this could be included.

The last page is a Certificate of Congratulations to be filled out with the child's name and given as he completes the Summer Fit program. Overall, Summer Fit is a great tool for parents to keep their kids motivated and active during the summer and prepared to tackle a new year of school in the Fall.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
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Reviewed by Laura

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher and Michelle Carpenter from Mediaguest for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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