Thursday, June 08, 2006

Summer Learning - All Kinds / Blog Break ' Til Tues June 13th

School's out and we'll be taking a long weekend! See you back at the blog on Tuesday, June 13th.

Summer was a favorite time for many Flashes from the Past:

Grace Hopper
(helped develop COBOL, computer pioneer, Admiral in the Navy)

"She described her childhood as a happy one, spending most summers at their cottage on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire...They were typical kids, playing kick-the-can, hide-and-seek and cops-and-robbers with their cousins during those lakeside summers."

Jules Verne
(father of science fiction, Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc.)

"Verne and his younger brother, Paul, would often pay one franc to rent a boat for the day and sail behind their summer house, dreaming up adventures."

Ansel Adams
(photographer)

"On a family vacation to Yosemite National Park, California his parents bought him a Kodak Box Brownie camera. He was to visit Yosemite again every year for the rest of his life..."

Kary Mullis
(Nobel Prize winner, Polymerase chain reaction)

"I remember mostly the summers. My mother and aunts presided out on the big screened back porch shelling peas, stringing beans, peeling apples, pears, and peaches..."

Some of you may have to have your kids do some schoolwork or training over the summer to keep up skills or get a leg up on the next school year. Spelling and math are the most common skills lost over vacation.

Summer math fact ideas might include: managing an allowance, saving up for a video game, planning a family trip, sports-related math. Writing and spelling practice could take the form of creative writing (family or funny kid newspaper), setting up a blog, writing family film reviews on Amazon.com or writing to pen pals.

Grace Hopper
Kary Mullis
Jules Verne
Ansel Adams
CEEP. Archive of ERIC/EECE Digests. Summer Learning Loss: The Problem and Some Solutions
Summer Learning Ideas
MarcoGram Sports in Math and Other Lessons
Summer Writing Prompts
Teen Writing Prompts

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