One of the activities we are doing this summer with my big boy (5 year old), is a sight word book (Pre-K, Kindergarten) in preparation for kindergarten. I bought this printable book on Teachers Pay Teachers. This is a great site where teachers provide the work they have done either for free or a small amount.
And write! This is the first sight word and the first two pages. I worked with Jacob to put it all together in hopes that next time he will know how to do it himself. I did not nit-pick, this time, for a number of reasons; I want him to feel sucess so it it not a fight every time we do it, I want him to see grown with cutting, coloring and writing skills as the summer continues, and I want him to see that it might not look his best next time so he starts noticing his own ability. I try to teach the boys that their brain is a muscle that needs exercise to grow. They need to try hard to be "smart," it is not something they were born with. I am starting with a word a week and hope to move to a word (2 pages) a day.
This book was well worth the $7.50 it cost and I am sure we will work our way through this summer. I do not like to use a lot of printables (paper/pencils) but sometimes you need to. When this is the case I am so happy that hardworking teachers share their excellent work! Thanks to Jill Bell for all her resources!