With the last day of school right around the corner, now is the time for parents to start thinking about how to motivate children to stay engaged and learning throughout the summer break. Estrella residents can take advantage of many opportunities within the community, including some helpful tips from local educators.
“Summer is a welcome relief for many children as they are able to relax and recharge their brain batteries,” said Westar Elementary School Principal, Dave Bogart. “Tying lessons into summer activities makes learning fun so that it doesn’t seem like a chore for your child. This summer, learn while playing!”
Find teaching moments in fun activities like these:
- Baking cookies? Measuring ingredients while helping in the kitchen makes fractions fun…and tasty
- Playing cards, chess and checkers helps strengthen problem solving strategies
- Counting Monopoly™ money is a great way to continue working on math skills
- Look for ways to encourage students to keep a journal about their experiences during summer trips
“My biggest suggestion for parents is to keep their kids reading throughout the summer,” says Michele Bove, Estrella Mountain Elementary School Reading Specialist. “Many of the local libraries have summer reading programs that offer students incentives for completing a certain number of books during the summer months. Going to the library is also a great way to allow children the freedom to choose their own reading material.”
In addition to public libraries, the Westar Elementary School Library will be open two mornings a week for students to check out books and play games.
Summer day camps are great for social interaction and can be fun and instructive too. Estrella Mountain Preschool will be offering educational themed day camps every week beginning June 1 through August 30. Children preschool age through fifth grade are welcome. For more information visit: Estrella Mountain Preschool or call (623) 476-5578.