SUMMER LINK PROGRAM GOING FULL DAY! JUNE 20 – JULY 13
We are excited for our 7th annual Summer Link Program, a great way to keep young minds exercising with new engaging educational activities.
For the first time, Summer Link is going full day. This means that our students will have more time to capture the fun and excitement our teachers prepare for each day. With small class size instruction for entering grades 1 to 6, the objective-based lessons and hands-on activities will promote summer learning in the following disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM)
- LEVEL 1: for entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. Classes will be held on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. | Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | June 20, 22, 27, 29 July 6, 11, 13
- LEVEL 2: for entering 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. Classes will be held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. | Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | June 21, 23, 28, 30, July 5, 7, 12
BOOKS AND BUTTON REWARDS
Each visit comes with access to books and rewards. Your child will be encouraged to read and check out books of interest from our selection of 2,400+ leveled books. Using our fun and easy-to-use reading logs, your child can earn this year’s Eric Carle, author and illustrator, inspired button collection. Your child will be able to collect them all, one reading button for every 12 picture and chapter books read. There is no limit to this reading adventure!
This rotation will help build automaticity in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. For the little guys, single- and multi-digit addition and subtraction, recognition of shapes and counting will be the focus. We will follow it up with grade level math games and skip-count fluency. Multiplication facts are what the 4th grader needs to know and the 6th grader needs to master.
This year, in combination with hands-on activities, we will be using a new educational online game called Sumdog. Your SLP’s Sumdog account will allow access to the math education content, 100 numeracy skills, 10 levels, and mental math skills along with engaging game features. As your child plays, their progress will be tracked and reward points for each correct response will be given. Rewards are given in virtual coins to spend to customize your child’s gaming experience. Plus, with a personal Avatar and the ability to catch virtual pets every tenth skill set learned, each day will bring new surprises. Students will be encouraged to use Sumdog at home as a way of supplementing their practice. Learn more at: Sumdog.com
During our technology rotations, we will be creating solar robots. This hands-on experience will educate the students in engineering skills. The robot kit provides unique accessories and parts that make the robot move on land or water or both. With alternative energy playing such a pivotal role, there is no better time than now to start children on the path to learning basic concepts behind these technologies. Students will each receive their own robot kit to take home at the end of SLP.
For students entering 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, we have a challenge for you! Can you read 60 picture and junior books in less than 30 days? This means you must read at least three leveled pictures books every day, just in case you miss a day of reading time. We are excited to promote excellent literature books from talented authors each year, like Eric Carle’s treasured collection. And now, with the addition of eBooks to this rotation, reading comprehension practice will involve all of our senses.
For our older group, we will be reading a novel by award-winning author, Clare Vanderpool. This rotation will include the study of literary elements such as characterization, setting, conflict and theme. In literature circles, small groups of students will participate in discussing the selected piece of literature in depth. The discussion will be guided by student responses to what they have read during collaborative reading. The idea is that all students will participate and complete an analysis to have a better appreciation for the selected novel.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
This portion of our day will introduce children to simple machines and engineering concepts. The goal is for children to learn Newton’s laws of force and motion to better understand simple machines (pulleys, wheels and axles, levers, inclined planes, screws, and wedges), and to increase creativity by constructing a model using simple machines. To accomplish this goal, we will read, write, draw, and do simple experiments on the subject.
Every child can think like Leonardo da Vinci, a true Renaissance man – an expert in the fields of art, science, and invention. In this rotation, your child will be using simple machines they construct themselves to create unique pieces of art and make connections to the topics they will be learning throughout the day.
Using STEAM (an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, art, and math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking), our goal is that your child leave the Summer Link Program with a sense of accomplishment and an air of confidence.