Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Night Summer Planning

Hi Ladies and Gents!
Actually I am not feeling too bad about it tonight. Maybe that is because I only have 9 kid days left! That is right, I am down to the wire. So no complex plans for me this week. Instead I want to share with you two excellent summer resources for your kiddos.

There has been LOTS of talk about "Summer Slide" at my school in the past two years. Now let's face it districts don't have the funds to run summer programs anymore. This year my school is offering a summer program, via mail. We will be sending home a Summer Learning Packets. Now this may not be news to you as many, many teachers already do this. 

The difference for my school this year is that they will be sent over the course of the summer! This way students are reminded every time they get a package in the mail. Can you think back to when you were a kid, and imagine how exciting it was to get mail? It also helps students and parents who aren't as organized because if one pack is lost, another will come shortly after. The funds allocated for this will pay for the copies and postage too. How sweet is that?

Then came the part where we had to start thinking about what activities would be ok to send home. This had to come in the way of activities my students could do on their own, and would take very little in the ways of supplies. Naturally I thought of Hadar's, from Miss Kindergarten, summer learning packs.
This pack is created with current Kindergarteners in mind. 
It includes pages for a writing journal, as well as literacy and math practice pages. It also contains reading incentives and graphic organizers to keep those compression strategies fresh in the kiddos brains.
To see more pictures and read more about it click here.

OK so not all my Kinder ELL kids have met grade level standards, big surprise there. For them I wanted more of a kindergarten review to reinforce some of the basic skill we learned this year. For them I am preparing and sending... 
This pack was created for incoming Kinder kids but it is also perfect for my ELL kids who still have to work on some vocabulary development and should review their letter recognition skills.
On My Way to K includes alphabet books and mats for daily letter practice, number practice pages, and I can even get in some vocabulary practice with the color and shape pages. 
Though I have to admit my favorite part is the Summer Bingo!
How fun is that?!?
To see more pictures and read more about it click here.

I also hear there is also a 2nd grade pack you can find by clicking here.
I will absolutely have to check this pack out for my current first graders who are ready for a challenge this summer.

Hope you have a great week! As for me, I will try to...

1 comment:

  1. Never mind being a kid - I STILL love to get mail! I bet this really keeps the kids learning over summer.

    Growing Little Learners


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