Our Summer@Annie Wright programs are all about fun...so much so that kids will probably not even realize how much they are learning! Learn more.
Avoid Summer Slide
Summer slide is the loss of academic skills that occurs during the summer as a result of not receiving daily practice. Research by the RAND Corporation, McCombs and colleagues (2011) highlighted that “elementary students' performance falls by about a month during the summer.” (Resource quoted: “This is Your Brain on Summer," NY Times). Teachers often find that it can take three to six weeks for students’ “school brains” to re-engage after a long summer. To fight “summer slide” at AWS we are providing a math resource and a summer reading challenge.
Ask older people to tell you stories. Ask your parents about dating when they were in high school. Ask grandparents about daily life when they were growing up. Ask older peers for advice.
And tell your stories, especially to people younger than you. What do you wish you had known when you were in middle school? What advice would you give to yourself about how to treat your little brother/sister? Share your stories with younger kids.
And if you are very interested in something (like writing or music or sports or fashion), find someone who's an expert in that thing and ask that person lots of questions.
Find someone working in a field you find interesting or think you might be interested in pursuing in the future (these are not always one and the same!). Ask if you can shadow them for a day, interview them about what they do and see how it all works. If you like the shadow, ask about potentially longer term internship opportunities!
PS Use your parents' network of friends and colleagues to find a person who does the job you're interested in shadowing.
All you will need is a small sturdy sketchbook that will fit into your summer go bag and a mechanical pencil. (more supplies if you wish)
1) draw a flower 2) draw a picnic table 3) draw a pair of flip flops 4) draw a beach ball 5) draw something floating on water 6) draw something you found on the beach 7) draw a watermelon cut in half 8) draw a flag waving in the wind 9) draw someone mowing the lawn 10) draw a bag of potato chips 11) draw a real or made up water slide 12) draw a boat 13) draw an insect 14) draw a sunset 15) draw a tree 16) draw a car 17) draw someone roller blading 18) draw a glass of lemonade 19) draw a pile of books 20) draw a lake scene 21) draw a bowl of strawberries 22) draw Mount Rainier 23) draw someone playing a summer sport 24) draw an animal 25) draw a cabin 26) draw a playground 27) draw a cooler full of ice 28) draw someone sitting in a lawn chair 29) draw fireworks 30) draw you doing your favorite summer activity