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 Summer Learning

Teacher Notes

Summer is a great time to expand the learning of children.  Teachers please work with the parents of your students on how they can expand the learning horizons of their children.

Field Trips page

Summer Weekends of Exploration & Entertainment

When our children were young we packed them up and spent the summer at my father-in-law’s house in Springfield, Massachusetts.  There were times I had to commute from New York as I worked summer jobs (summer school, curriculum writing) but we dedicated each weekend to what we called E & E.  One day was for exploration and the other for entertainment.  The Triple AAA guidebooks are great for this purpose as well as Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus.

Exploration: Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses near Hartford, CT,  Springfield Armory, Chesterwood (Daniel Chester French), Norman Rockwell Museum,  Arrowhead (Herman Melville’s house), Gillette Castle, New England Air Museum...

Entertainment: Movies, amusement parks, lake, parks, town festivals (arts & crafts, Basketball Hall of Fame (they loved shooting basketballs at different hoops), Baseball Hall of Fame, Volleyball Hall of Fame.

One year when our children were teenagers I took them on a pre college exploratory trip.  I took them back to Our Alma Mater, the University of Pittsburgh.  We toured the campus and the city.  One great educational experience was when I took them to the Carnegie Science Center.  Also included was a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  On the way home we stopped off to visit a good educational friend in State College.  He and his wife worked on the campus of Penn State University and gave us a great personalized tour of the campus and a visit to The Creamery.

Summer Quilt Hanging
by Gail Blumengarten


How to Keep Your Students Learning Over the Summer @ktenkely

STEAM Up Learning Outdoors! 15+ Ideas to Try Now or this Summer! – Teacher Reboot Camp @shellterrell

Courses | Coursera Free Courses

Conferences page

Technology & Summer Learning @rharwood17

5 New iPad Games to Keep Learning Alive This Summer @EmergingEdTech

Five Ways to Beat the Summer Slide – Cantata

Summer Learning Activities and Skill-Builders - FamilyEducation

Teacher Notes

Parents can expand on the #GeniusHour idea and call it Genius or Passion Learning Time.  Let your children explore their passions.  GeniusHour page

Summer page

Summer Reading page

Summer School page

Geocaching page

Everything is learning!  Click on underlined words for page of links on that topic.

Shopping trips (Math Consumerism) teaching percentage off, best buy, simple adding & subtracting. Multiplying if getting more than one item.

Writing - Journals of trips - even day trips. Younger children can draw.

     Diary of the day's activities with time spent.

Letters to friends and family members.      

Geography - trip planning, map reading and keeping track of expenses (math).

Social Studies - places of interest nearby.  We had Exploration & Entertainment weekends.

Science - Astronomy - star gazing. Simple Experiments Rocks and Minerals,  Sea Shells and Marine Life and Animals.

Word of the Day and word play.  Vocabulary