The long hot days of summer are the perfect time for kids to hone their knowledge of the wizard world, King Arthur’s court or the magical land of Narnia. And while many summer reading lists are sent home with the hope that students will bone up on fiction during the dog days, reading nonfiction can be just as beneficial -- and just as exciting -- as a great novel.
Keep kids' brain muscles flexed with fun learning exercises. This year's Summer Learning Series features 10 Awesome Outdoor Learning Ideas, 10 Fun Indoor Learning Projects, Four Ways to Prepare for College This Summer, and to round out the numbered lists, all these ideas.
Summer's here and along with valuable time spent outdoors learning and embarking on adventures, kids can use downtime at home to keep those brain circuits exercising indoor, too. To that end, here are 10 ideas for indoor learning opportunities.
Thinkstock By Jennie Rose Summer can be a mixed bag, a combination of relief from the stress of school, followed by boredom, the bugaboo of a creative mind. The break from school offers a chance to carve out enriching, fun projects and beat the doldrums brought about by summer loafing. The warm weather is a … Continue reading 10 Awesome Outdoor Summer Learning Ideas →
Continuing our summer slide series, in which we’ve offered ideas on how to keep learners’ math and literacy skills sharpened, we now turn our focus to science and tech-related ideas. The summer months provide a great opportunity for students to work on projects that help extend some of the ideas they might have learned during … Continue reading Preventing the Summer Slide with DIY Tech and Science Projects →
In our last post on finding alternatives for the summer slide (the loss of academic skills and practice during summer months), we focused on math skills. Practicing reading skills is also crucial to maintaining a learning regiment during the summer — that much more so for low-income kids. “On average, middle-income students experience slight gains … Continue reading Preventing the Summer Slide in Reading →
It’s the end of the school year, and although most students look forward to vacation, the summer months can have a detrimental impact on students’ academic progress. It’s called the “Summer Slide”: skills gained during the school year melt away with the heat, and that “summer learning loss” translates into teachers spending a good chunk … Continue reading Preventing the “Summer Slide” in Math Skills →