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Reading Specialist from Hellertown, PA

Danielle, your list of

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Danielle, your list of suggested activities are excellent. We tried the scavenger hunt at The Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, PA. Every Sunday the admission is free, and they even provide children with sheets that have a painting to go and look for! It was a great time.

My kids and I also tried a wonderful website this summer called Cubert's Cube. Cubert's Cube is a site that makes writing a whole lot of fun. Your child will not suffer from writer's block one bit, since they have built in story-starters which are game-like and interactive. It's a great activity for a group too. The whole family can get in on the act, since multiple people can work on the same story. The website is Wiki based, and is quick and easy to use. My kids also enjoyed the "gallery feature." In the gallery, they could draw a picture or upload a graphic to illustrate their tales. It is a secure website where you can set the privacy level to protect your children's identities.

As a Reading teacher, I found the extra writing really benefits their language development. On the website they can publish their work too, which really is the beauty of an Internet tool like this. Since they not only get to explore the writing process, but they also get the chance at seeing their work published.

Mom to three beautiful girls

fun summer activity for elementary kids

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this summer we are touring America - virtually! We created a website so parents and kids all over the country can follow our adventures. Join us!
http://grandtourkids.com/

High School English Teacher from Pittsburgh, PA

Educational Gap

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It is sad that there is such an educational gap in America. It is also sad that this gap can be directly related to opportunity. It does not surprise me that under-served children lose a large percentage of their knowledge base to the lack of summer enrichment. For my students I give out summer reading lists and I count it when they come back to school. I also spend time tutoring my students over the summer. I feel that these are small steps that I try to take in order to better serve my students.

Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of the City of New York

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Mary,
Thank you for your comment and the link. I've been a bit surprised by the number of educators who feel it's "unfair" to assign summer homework. I've never thought of learning as punishment or communicated that summer assignments were punishment to my students. We need to do more to change our orientation on this issue. Learning can and should be fun!

Marketing & Media at Bellevue University

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This is such an under-discussed, essential topic. There is a considerably stark difference between children and youth who participate in active learning engagement throughout their breaks as opposed to those who do not.

This reminds of me of an item discussed in our behavioral science program. With so many devices thinking for us the last thing we should do is completely shut off active learning throughout long periods like summer breaks.

Great article on this here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/opinion/28smink.html

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