Summer Learning Helps Students Prepare for 2018–19

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Summer Learning Helps Students Prepare for 2018–19
Posted on 06/27/2018
Superintendent's Column

Superintendent's Column 

Summer is in full swing, and our high temperatures absolutely reflect that! This break is a much-needed time to relax for our students, as well as an opportunity to explore new areas of interest and make new friends. It is also important to continue the learning process and avoid the “summer slide” that can really hamper the academic growth of a child.

The purpose of summer learning is to continue skill practice and to develop necessary "habits of mind" beyond the school year. Summer learning promotes an early start to academic thinking and skill application that helps prepare students and get them up to speed quickly when they arrive back on campus in August.

Leander ISD encourages families to seek out opportunities to practice reading, spelling and math in everyday activities. Find a recipe to make with your kids to practice reading aloud and converting fractions. Watch baseball and calculate batting averages or add the number of errors. Work on spelling “popsicle” or “solstice” while enjoying a summer drive.

Reading is one of the very best ways to prevent the summer slide, and local libraries host free activities and access to books. To help students meet their summer reading goals, the libraries at River Ridge Elementary School and Vista Ridge High School will be open for summer library service. Cannot get to a library? Consider downloading an e-book through LISD's virtual library. This library is open all day, every day, and items can be downloaded to a variety of devices or read in your browser. More information can be found on the LISD website home page.

In the same way reading can spark a child’s imagination and fuel curiosity, building some time into each day for unstructured play is an important tool in allowing children to create and explore. Unstructured play is open-ended, child-led play without a particular goal or strategy — things like building forts, playing outside, making their own crafts and building with blocks. Behavioral scientists and educators are seeing increasing evidence that free play is one of the most effective ways for children to learn about independence, self-control, talent development, handling mistakes and emotional growth.

We have seen the power technology can have as a tool for teaching and learning. But building emotional skills through personal interaction is essential in supporting a well-rounded child. Spend time to find the solution for managing technology time for your family that works best for you and your children.

We hope you all have a fun, restful, safe and memorable summer. We are excited to welcome you back August 16 for our best year yet!