Keeping the Learning Alive
Parents across the country face many of the same challenges. Having been fortunate enough to live and/or teach in California, New York, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, I have firsthand experience in this area. What to do with our children over the summer vacation is definitely one of those challenges.
Raise your hand if you have ever asked these questions:
There is no easy answer to any of these questions or the ones you probably have on the topic of summer break. I do know that keeping the mind stimulated is one of the best things you can do for your child. It doesn't have to look or feel like school to engage the mind. The purpose of this website is to provide practical ideas to parents for keeping learning alive over break. Feel free to share your successes, challenges, and questions. Let those Wildcats know we are eager to hear all about their adventures both imaginary and real!
Have fun with whatever you decide to do this summer!
Nora Wheeler, Principal
Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School
West Chester Area School District
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Articles & Websites that Inspire
Ready, Set, Read! - Summer Fiction Ideas for Kids of All Ages by Holly Korbey
74 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain Drain by Mindshift
Kids Off the Couch
Let's Move Outside - This is the website created to support First Lady Michelle Obama's work to help fight childhood obesity and make better choices. It is no longer updated but you can still access the information.
7 Ways to Stop the Summer Slide
Transitioning to Summer by Janelle Cox
Finding ideas is probably not the problem. Pinterest, blogs, and websites offer a wealth of creative ways to engage your children. It can also be a bit overwhelming to have so many ideas to comb through on these sites, which is why we hope this website proves to be a helpful resource. The key to success will begin with your plan.
Elements of a Solid Plan
Helpful Resources & Websites
The Sail into Summer Literacy Event held in April 2017 showcased many ideas by grade level. Resources will be added soon!
The WTE Reading Specialist Team created a website to assist parents in selecting books and with ideas for comprehension [Click here].