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Subject: Anyone use Summer Bridge or something similar? What do you think?
Date Posted: 5/25/2008 9:39 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2007
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Someone is trying to sell me Summer Bridge workbooks but I couldn't make myself fork over $23 each for them without getting some opinions first.

Have you used it? Like it? Have something cheaper that is comparable?

Thanks in advance,


Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:28 PM ET
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I've looked at them and personally don't like them.  I don't think HS'ers need them at all.  It's just busywork, IMO, for PS kids to retain something over the summer.  They are not challenging at all.  Sams Club typically has them for much cheaper.


Date Posted: 5/26/2008 2:48 AM ET
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My DD likes bright colorful workbooks (she's in K-1st) so I got them for her, used on Amazon (used, meaning the covers are worn, but the pages are blank) She seems to like them well enough :)

Subject: Summer Bridge 2nd grade
Date Posted: 5/30/2008 10:14 PM ET
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I picked up one at a thrift store and we used part of it.  I agree with the first post who said that it's mostly busy work.  All fill in the blank type of activities and math drill but no real thinking skills.  I do not recommend them and would not purchase again.

Date Posted: 6/3/2008 9:15 AM ET
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I will agree that it's busy work, but I do like them. It gives my son and I an outline of a mini-lesson. These are only supposed to be a five minute exercise to keep things fresh in the child's mind, not a curriculum in/of itself. Homeschooled children may not need them, but I certainly think they deserve a couple of stars.

When I was a kid I loved these type of books. I was shy and they were something I could take anywhere and not be bored, and not have to interact with anyone until I was mature enough to handle it. I use them on car trips - my son loves learning and I can only do so much driving!! :)

This review comes from a mother of a five year old... he was said to have ADD/ADHD and yet he'll sit and read/look/play with this forever. AND, though in pre-school, he reads on a first grade level. (as of the last testing) -- Perhaps the mixed reviews show it's not a one-for-all book, but best for certain ages.


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 3:36 AM ET
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I've always had the one for my son's grade level, but we've never done more than a few pages out of any one of them.  Mostly math.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 9:14 AM ET
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Thanks for the input everyone. I think this is something we will pass on for now.