Even though another school year is coming to a close, it doesn't mean student learning opportunities need to cease. Keeping kids engaged over the summer makes smoother transitions into the next school year.

Here are some ideas adapted from Edutopia's "A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning" to expand student learning beyond classrooms. Some ideas are meant for older kids, others for younger ones:

  • Investigate internships and mentorships that will give children practical experience.
  • Look for summer camps and other learning experiences that build 21st-century skills.
  • Find experiences to expand a child's global understanding of how people live in economically challenged countries.
  • Encourage your teens to share their knowledge as volunteers by mentoring younger students or teaching adults about technology.
  • Build on your kids' interest in technology by getting them connected with games that promote critical thinking or community building.
  • Create digital scrapbooks of family vacations or other events.
  • Look into community arts programs.
  • Get involved in projects that are more of a do-it-yourself variety.
  • Help children master communication and conflict-resolution skills by practicing social and emotional learning at home.


By encouraging children and parents to extend learning into the summer, we can all hit the ground running in August.

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator