Summit Academy would like to congratulate the more than 3,000 students and families, as well as the more than 800 teachers and staff members, on the completion of another successful Summit school year! Our approach to education is based off the idea that every student is unique and deserves a personalized approach to their education.
With that in mind, we encourage students to continue their education all summer long. Below, we offer five summer learning activities to get your kids involved in.
Find Active Learning Experiences In the Community
Most local agencies such as parks departments and libraries offer camps and other activities all summer long. Do some research to find out what exhibits, events, or concerts are happening in your town over the summer and create a directory or calendar to make sure no opportunity is overlooked.
You can even play “tourist” in your hometown by visiting your Chamber of Commerce to get guidebooks of top destinations to see in your area.
Encourage Regular Writing
Your student’s summer is going to be full of adventures, so encourage them to share by writing about them. Set up a pen pal with one of their friends or have them start a summer journal with weekly entries. Edublogs and Kidblog offer free blog space and appropriate security for teachers and parents to arrange a safe, closed community for students to start their own blogs.
Another way to engage young writers is to encourage them to spend some time researching and writing community stories — not only does it build research and writing skills, but helps kids develop a deeper sense of place in their community.
Become an Active Citizen
Kids who participate in community service activities gain not only new skills but self-confidence and self-esteem, which in turn boosts their learning potential. Dedicate time each week to volunteering in the community with your student.
This could be picking up litter, planting a community garden, or something as simple as volunteering to read at the library. Students will learn how to get the most out of helping others this summer.
Take a Virtual Tour
Just because you’re having more of a summer stay-cation than vacation, doesn’t mean you are not able to access a world of learning. Sites like the Google Cultural Institute allows you to view select museums and art collections across the world.
Meanwhile, YouVisit takes you on guided tours of cities, events, and historic landmarks, complete with fascinating facts and a virtual reality option. And if you are looking to instill a more traditional lesson plan, e-learning for kids offers fun exercises that will ensure their reading, writing, and math skills won’t get rusty over the break.
Get Outside and Explore
While the internet does offer a litany of learning experiences for students, perhaps it should be saved for a rainy day. It is summer after all, so encourage your student to get outside and explore.
Take hikes where you identify different types of plant life (TIP: use apps like NatureFind and Florafolio to help ID them), set up a nature-themed scavenger hunt, or just spend a day playing an old-fashioned game of tag or leap frog – studies have proven that physical activity helps grow not only strong muscles but also strong brains!
The staff of Summit Academy would also like to wish students, families, and faculty a great summer. Share your summer celebration with us on social media with #SummitAcademy. We may share your celebration in a future Summit newsletter! Have a great summer!
Sources include ConnectionsAcademy.com, National Wildlife Federation, and ReadingRockets.org