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K-12 Assistant Principal
MRS. RATLIFF


Many students lose the equivalent of one to two months of reading and math skills during the summer and teachers often spend an average of four to eight weeks every fall reviewing and reteaching material that students have forgotten during the long summer break.

    However, that doesn’t mean that children should be doing math worksheets and studying vocabulary lists to preserve the skills they have learned during the school year. Summer is the perfect time for children to discover that learning is fun and can happen anywhere!   

    The temptation may be great for children to spend hours watching television or playing video games, but with a little creativity and planning, the extra time students have over the summer can be used to stretch the mind, explore new hobbies, learn about responsibility and build on skills learned during the school year.


Great Resource for Summer Learning Ideas

Not sure where to begin?  Here are some amazing articles on the subject and may be a great place to start!
  • Summer learning activities from Reading Rockets can be found by clicking here.
  • Inexpensive summer learning activities can be found by clicking here.
  • A lot of great ideas for summer activities and projects, games and tech tools, printouts, and how-to articles can be found by clicking here
When school ends, it’s important for kids to remember—and build on—what they have studied all year. To make this fun, have your child:
 
Keep a journal. Looking for something different, how about an album of photos with captions, stories of summer adventures,  or movie reviews?
 
Play board games. Research shows they’re good for kids thinking skills and development
of positive traits, such as patience, cooperation and focus.
 
Plan scavenger hunts. Give interesting, educational instructions, such as, “Let’s find an oak tree leaf.” “Pick three daisies.” Or “Find three things that are round.” Scavenger hunts can take place anywhere!
 
Build on books. After reading a story, consider turning it into a play, puppet show or art project. Don’t forget applause and praise!
 
Our summer learning program is in full swing! Check out some of the great things happening…
 
~Sydney O’Shaughnesy has been providing lessons in gardening and protecting our       Earth.  Some yummy vegetables will be harvested this fall!
~Book Buddies help share the love of reading across the grade levels!
~Math skills carried over from the school year are being reinforced through the use of manipulatives and technology!

Upcoming Dates:
  • Kindergarten Orientation – September 1st 
  • Universal Pre-K Orientation – September 1st
  • Open House – September 1st
  • First Day of School – September 2nd
  • Labor Day Vacation- September 4th-7th
 
Documents
 2015.docx
Planning ahead? This page has important testing dates for your reference.
Contacts
+ Ratliff, Pamela
Click on name to see details.

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