All too often, students stop learning when summer starts. Many take their spot in front of the TV and play video games to pass time, while others play outside in the sunshine, creating and learning in the outdoors. How do we keep all students active and learning throughout the summer?
When I was in 2nd and 3rd grade, my teacher created a Summer Activity Journal for the students in her class. In it were calendars with an educational activity for every day of the summer. Along with that were blank calendars to record how long we read each day. After an activity or reading was completed, the calendar day had to be initialed by a parent or older sibling. Each day taught or reviewed concepts in writing, math, social studies, and science. At the beginning of the next school year, if we brought back the completed Summer Activity Journal to that teacher, we got a little prize.
What will you do to keep your students active and learning throughout the summer?