Summer Break Elementary Learning Opportunities

Come Visit the Park Elementary Library

During these summer months, you and your family are encouraged to participate in some fun learning activities to keep skills refreshed. One wonderful opportunity is visiting the Park Elementary Library during each Wednesday throughout the summer, from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m. (except for July 4th). Students have the opportunity to get rewarded for reading; the more they read, the more they can earn (additional information can be viewed here)!  In addition, the Park Library is hosting a photo contest.  The rules are as follows:

  • Snap a picture of a Park Elementary student “caught reading”.  Creativity is encouraged!
  • Bring picture to the Library or email image to our Librarian, Naomi Shadis by 9/1/2018.

All photos submitted to the contest may be featured in the morning announcements or online.

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Summer Learning for All

The Internet is full of terrific summer learning ideas that appeal to students with different interests and learning styles.  For your convenience, we have compiled different resources below based on content area. Each description contains a link to the website referenced; just select the bold, underlined text!

Arts and Music

Music in the Park

Throughout the summer Library Square Park will host various family-friendly music acts. It’s free for all people to attend!  Click here to see what dates/times this weekly event will occur.

Hutchinson Center for the Arts 

Where they focus on bringing the arts to life, Hutchinson’s Center for the Arts offers various exhibits, events, and educational opportunities all summer long!  Check out their site!

Health and Fitness

The Power of Produce Club

Heart of Hutch is a local organization committed to helping people of all ages live well.  Throughout the summer, they are offering a program that promotes healthy eating for kids, referred to as the PoP Club!  Eager to know more?  Click here!

Keeping Fit All Summer Long

This site categorizes information by kids, teens, parents, and educators.  A variety of resources are available that span numerous topics, from jobs to social studies.  What we particularly appreciate is the exercise/movement page, full of excellent content and tips!  Click here for access.

Math

Get YouCubed!

Created at Stanford University, this website offers interesting and challenging tasks for students to complete based on grade level, concepts, and mathematical topics.  Get started and test your mind with one of the challenges.

Fun and Simple Math Family-Friendly Ideas

Math is all around us!  This site offers great ideas for incorporating easy math activities, from suggestions for outdoor games to things you can do around the house,  into your child’s lives.  Don’t delay, check out the article now!  

Reading

Maintaining Reading Motivation

With a listing of resources by grades, this site provides targeted and appropriate materials for children.  Podcasts, activities, projects, and digital games are all available when you open the website!

Reading Resources Designed for Parents

Designed for families of English language learners, this site offers informative and engaging learning opportunities for parents and students.  It also provides links to other websites for a more enriching experience.  Get started!

Science

Bringing Science to Life

Science is everywhere around us and this site helps get students thinking in a scientific manner.  Follow some of the suggestions and/or activities that can be found in this article.

Understanding the Impact of Energy

Energy fuels us in different ways.  Not only is this site extremely informative, it also provides interactive games for K-5 children.  This is a great website to keep bookmarked!

STEM

Sparking Interest in High-Demand, Transportable STEM Skills for Kids

Project Lead the Way compiled some of the best (and fun) ideas to keep children interested in the world of STEM. Click here to read all 20 ideas!

Pinning Winning STEM Ideas

Pinterest seems to be have an infinite amount of resources when it comes STEM activities. Check out some of the pins that were found by the Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Miscellaneous

Digital Storytelling

This is a wonderful opportunity for families to craft their own digital stories.  You can also read others’ stories that have been posted on the website.  Get inspired by clicking here.

Discover Our World

Children can learn more about the earth and its residents through this interactive site.

Learning on the Road

Traveling this summer?  Have your child learn more about the people and the places that you’ll be visiting during vacation.  Click here for to read some interesting activity proposals.

Making Summer Count

Recipes, crafts, nature, and summer writing are just some of the categories that parents can peruse while trying to create a meaningful summer break for their children!

Have a safe and superb summer!
Hutchinson Public Schools

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