The epidemic has raised concerns about the loss of learning, forcing many schools and districts to examine their summer education activities and help students make progress in a variety of academic fields.
Here’s how seven teachers are tackling summer education in a fun and engaging way for their students.
Accelerate learning through fun
At the Brooklyn Preschool of Science, our six-week summer session is designed for 2- to 4-year-olds. From September to June, we teach a physics or life science theme every month. Over the summer, we focus on one theme a week to create a compact, comprehensive, and concentrated version of kids’ favorite themes, such as superhero science and roaring dinosaurs.
Our summer sessions cover more outdoor sports than our regular academic year, and we also focus on themes that suit the seasons. One of the themes of this summer is Ocean Blue, where the classroom becomes like an aquarium. We bring sea stars, flute crabs and horse crabs. Children study water and its properties, including absorption, and they build their own boats as they learn about recreation and stability.
Parents can sign up for kids for as many weeks as they want, allowing them to focus on what their kids need and what they will enjoy the most. If a kid likes bugs, their parents can sign up for their Bug Week so they can have an experience with Mega Melworms and see what it feels like to have their own exoskeleton. In my experience, kids don’t rush to learn anything fun.
Carmelo Piazza’s Executive Director / Director of Education Brooklyn Preschool of Science. He can be contacted at [email protected]
Robots as summer enrichment
For our summer enrichment program, I will teach computer science to all students in attendance. I will use the KIBO Robot Kit to extend student learning to K-3rd In the following ways:
Emerging kindergarteners and kindergarteners will program their robot to move and dance so that it spells their names on the floor. They will then use the turntable art platform attached to the robot to show the letters of their names as it rotates for their dance.
1St. Graders will learn about the parts of a plant as a prelude to 2nd Grade Science. They will then program KIBO to go to the plant parts attached to the floor. I have cards that they can choose from that have the name of the part or the description of the part as an indication that they are moving the robot forward.