When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
Summer Learning Series
Reading high-quality fiction may serve a larger purpose than preparing students for college and tests. Several recent studies show that reading great literature makes individuals more empathetic. Here’s a great list of fiction books for kids of all ages, recommended by those who know best — librarians.
By Almetria Vaba Summer can be a great opportunity to leverage a child’s interest in specific subjects, like science or history, with their fascination for digital games. PBS LearningMedia, launched a year ago, has a robust collection of free interactive games to experiment, manipulate, and investigate. Amusement Park Physics How do physics laws affect amusement […]
Keep kids’ brain muscles flexed with fun learning exercises. This year’s Summer Learning Series features 10 Awesome Outdoor Learning Ideas, 10 Fun Indoor Learning Projects, Four Ways to Prepare for College This Summer, and to round out the numbered lists, all these ideas.
Thinkstock By Jill Rooney For college-bound high school seniors, the summer after graduation is typically a busy time. Between working summer jobs, celebrating with friends, and fending off clingy parents who are prematurely misty over the impending departure of their kids, students might neglect — or even purposely avoid — intellectual engagement, believing that rest […]
Summer’s here and along with valuable time spent outdoors learning and embarking on adventures, kids can use downtime at home to keep those brain circuits exercising indoor, too. To that end, here are 10 ideas for indoor learning opportunities.
Thinkstock By Jennie Rose Summer can be a mixed bag, a combination of relief from the stress of school, followed by boredom, the bugaboo of a creative mind. The break from school offers a chance to carve out enriching, fun projects and beat the doldrums brought about by summer loafing. The warm weather is a […]
Continuing our summer slide series, in which we’ve offered ideas on how to keep learners’ math and literacy skills sharpened, we now turn our focus to science and tech-related ideas. The summer months provide a great opportunity for students to work on projects that help extend some of the ideas they might have learned during […]
In our last post on finding alternatives for the summer slide (the loss of academic skills and practice during summer months), we focused on math skills. Practicing reading skills is also crucial to maintaining a learning regiment during the summer — that much more so for low-income kids. “On average, middle-income students experience slight gains […]
It’s the end of the school year, and although most students look forward to vacation, the summer months can have a detrimental impact on students’ academic progress. It’s called the “Summer Slide”: skills gained during the school year melt away with the heat, and that “summer learning loss” translates into teachers spending a good chunk […]