Some college professors say they are facing a rather startling problem: freshmen who can’t read or write.
Parents are dealing with children, who for one reason or another, aren't making the cut.
And all eyes are on the public school system.
Dr. Sandi Ayaz, executive director for the National Tutoring Association, said as an English professor she has to deal with too many students who aren’t prepared for college.
She has watched the tutoring business explode as more and more parents seem to be losing confidence in the public school system.
Some parents are getting more involved, seeking alternative methods of preparing their children for the next grade. Authors and organizations have also prepared books and sites to help children in various subjects.
From books to websites, librarians and others recommend ways children can improve their Math and English skills.
One child librarian said many of the review books have already been taken from the shelf at his branch.
Douglass Branton with Barnes & Noble said one of the store's popular sales item was "Summer Bridge," a children book that helps children review various subjects.
“It contains all the materials you need to bridge the gap. It’s real good for the Summer and it’s very popular,” said Branton, merchandise manager for Barnes & Noble at Camp Creek Marketplace.
Below find a list of other recommended books:
- Summer Bridge, a set of books designed to help bridge the gap between grades on a variety of subjects including language arts. It begins with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten and goes up to the 7th grade, bridging the gap between 6th and 7th grades.
- Singapore Math, a basic skills work book for children in K- 7th grade.
Source: Barnes & Noble
- Math Start by Stuart J. Murphy for children from kindergarten to 5th grade.
- Words Are CATegorical by Brian P. Cleary. This books deals with the language arts including parts of speech, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. It uses rhyming verse and illustrations of comical cartoon cats.
Source: Vicky Lajesse, children librarian for the Lakewood Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Library Public Library System, 2893 Lakewood Ave.
- SCORE! Mountain Challenge Math Workbook series Kaplan Publishers, 2007 For Grades K/1 to Grade 6. This series is aligned to educational standards and provides playful ways to help your child learn Math from kindergarten to 6th grade.
- The Math Matters! Series by Brian Knapp, Grolier Publisher: ADD Vol. 1; Subtraction, Vol. 3; Multiplying Vol.4; Dividing Vol. 5; Decimals Vol. 6; Fractions, Vol. 7; Shapes, Vol. 8; Size Vol. 9; Tables & Charts Vol. 10; Grids and Grafts, Vol. 11; Chance and Average, Vol. 12; Mental Arithmetic, Vol. 13.
- Score! Mountain Challenge Language Arts Workbook series Kaplan Publishers, 2007 For Grades K/1 to Grade 6. This series provides engaging and entertaining ways to help your child learn English from kindergarten to 6th grade.
Source: Annette Jenkins, children librarian for the Washington Park Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Library Public Library System, 1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S.W.
- New Evan-Moor Daily Language Review. This series is for children in grades 1 to 8.
- New On-The-Mark Press Timed series. This series touch on the various areas of Math including division, multiplication, addition and subtraction for children in grades 1 through 6.
- Arithmetic The Easy Way by Edward Williams & Katie Prindle.
- Arithmetic Made Simple by Sperling & Samuel Levison.
- Statistics, the Easy Way by Douglass Downing and Jeff Clark
- Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar
- Grammer Smart for Grades 6-8 by Liz Buffa
- Phonics for Reading Book, 1, 2, 4, 5 by Archer, Flood, Lapp, Lungren.
- Creative Writing in the Class room by carol Staudacher.
Source: Vincent Chukuma, child librarian at the Dogwood Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System at 1838 D.L. Hollowell Pkwy.
- For Math: www.coolmath4kids.com; www.aplusmath.com; www.mathplayground.com
- For Science: www.engagingscience.com
- For vocabulary and spelling: www.manythings.org www.kidsspell.com
- For Math and vocabulary: www.funbrain.com
- For Science and vocabulary: www.gamequarium.com
Source: Tisa Jackson, children librarian for the Southwest Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Library Public Library System, 3665 Cascade Rd.