I hope everyone is enjoying the start to their summer. Temperatures are high and so is the tendency to let summer slip away by sleeping in, playing video games, and watching a lot of television. We should all take advantage of the opportunity for a little more sleep and yes there are educational video games and television. Just don’t underestimate the value of active engagement for kids over the next eight weeks.
Have you heard of summer learning loss? Summer learning loss is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer holidays. “Summer loss was more pronounced for math facts and spelling than for other tested skill areas. Summer loss was more pronounced for math overall than for reading overall.” (Eric Digest, 2003).
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a teacher to keep your kids’ brains growing over the summer months. I’m sure you have lots of family activities planned. If you are looking for some new ideas, there are lots of great resources, some offered through the city Parks and Recreations Departments and your local library.
Here are a couple you might want to try:
• Stop by the Phoenix Public Library or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org. There are great reading rewards programs, a Kids Coding program (ages 4-7 and 8-17) calendared throughout the months of June and July, and of course books and movies to check out.
• Visit the Phoenix Parks and Recreation site phoenix.gov/parks for a calendar for summer camps, swim lessons, and storytelling & crafts at the Pueblo Grande Museum.
• To break up the monotony of the day, or slow down for a minute, have your child log onto their Imagine Learning or Study Island school account (if you don’t have a computer or internet access, visit your local public library)
• With most ingredients found at home, you can make your very own play-dough. This involves heat on the stove, so make sure an adult is helping. Kids can create for hours. Talk to them about what they are making. Ask them to tell a story about it and then have them write down their story in a journal.
A cool playdough recipe
1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of water
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 cup of flour
1 tablespoon of oil
• Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a pan.
• Mix the water with the food coloring.
• Add the water/color-mix to the other ingredients, stir well.
• Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes, while constantly stirring.
• When the mixture becomes “doughy”, remove from heat and start kneading. (the dough will be hot, so mind your hands)
• When desired texture is achieved, the playdough is finished, enjoy!
With all these engaging activities for you and our kids, summer will be over before you know it.
Enjoy and see you all soon! The first day of school is August 2.
Enrollment for students is happening all summer, K-8. Our office hours are 7:45-4:15
Lucia Raz, Principal