Beating Summer Slide
Summer has finally arrived after what has been one of the most unusual school years any of us have experienced. The pandemic may have interfered and interrupted many of our traditional school year activities, but students and their families perservered and are ready to find some time to relax and reflect during the summer.
We realize that remote teaching and learning was new for many, and parents and teachers alike worry that this style of teaching may have left gaps that were not addressed under these unique circumstances. As we plan and prepare for a fall schedule, we know that online learning will continue to have a larger presence in our curriculum and in our classrooms whether face-to-face, remotely, or in a blended model. Learning to navigate and access learning from multiple sites is a skill that will prove valuable for our students.
The web is full of rich teaching and learning opportunities that can help our students during what may be a “staycation” this summer. Below we have listed exciting resources in multiple content areas that will help build skills and appeal to students who want to learn more about a favorite subject area.
Wonder of the day ranging from “Why are Slinkys so hard to untangle?” to “How do viruses spread?”
Play games such as Do I Have a Right?, Win the White House, People’s Pie, and more.
Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids and Teens
Light Painting tutorial, coloring pages for artists of all ages, animal cams, bumper ducks, and so so much more.
Columbus Metropolitan Library Summer Reading Challenge
Prizes, free online books, and more
Big History Project
Self-guided journey through 14 billion years of the universe
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Prodigy Math: https://www.prodigygame.com/
Climate Kids: Focusing on Earth’s climate and the impact of global change, the site features activities, games, videos, and more. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
Discovery Kids: https://www.discoverymindblown.com/ - Discovery Kids features games, videos, and learning material to keep students busy and engaged. Everything from the solar system to baby animals can be found on the site
- Art Hub for Kids ~ https://www.youtube.com/artforkidshub
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems ~ https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
- Harptoons ~ http://harptoons.com/drawing-videos.html
- also casting live on facebook at 2:00 pm, M-F
Intermediate and Middle School:
- Disney Parks Blog ~ https://disneyparks.go.com/blog/2020/03/draw-mickey-mouse-at-home-with-a-disney-parks-artist/
- Jazza ~ https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza/videos
- Disney Parks Blog ~ https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/03/draw-mickey-mouse-at-home-with-a-disney-parks-artist/
Health and Physical Education
- San Francisco Symphony ~ http://sfskids.org
- MusicPlay Themes and Variations ~ https://musicplayonline.com
- Music Theory ~ https://www.musictheory.net
- SmartMusic ~ https://www.smartmusic.com
- The Rhythm Trainer ~ https://www.therhythmtrainer.com
- Duolingo ~ https://www.duolingo.com
We hope that many of these resources will lead you to explore what interests you over the summer. Stay safe, read lots, and we look forward to seeing you soon.