Summertime means warm temperatures and long lazy days in the sun.  For many kids, it is a welcome break from the rigors of going to school every day.  But, the lessons learned during the school year should not be forgotten all summer long.  Research clearly shows that children who do not read over the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress.  The loss is cumulative and can have long term effects.  As a parent, you play a critical role in your child’s education during the summer months.

Here are 10 weeks of activities from the Reading is Fundamental website that includes reading and reading related skills. There is no special order, and you don’t have to do everything listed in a particular week. Just pick the ones that look interesting and fun!  The most important thing to remember is to keep reading fun over the summer!

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As a newcomer this past year, I did not anticipate being welcomed into an organization so willing to accept new ideas and try new things to help their students.  For me, one particular classroom team’s efforts to overcome challenges and frustration throughout the 2009-2010 school year was a remarkable example of positive growth and change.

Faced with increasingly frequent and severe behavioral issues, the team members worked hard to address the problems within their classroom while also expressing their concerns and ideas to others staff members. »Read More

Gateway to the Arts at Pace

Gateway to the Arts has made a first rate impact on the students at Pace School ESY program.  The students have learned about the rich Brazilian culture.  They were exposed to the vibrant dance, appealing food, and alluring music. The students adopted Portuguese as a second language and learned many words in Portuguese including “hello” and “goodbye.” The next week, the students learned about quilt making. They learned how different symbols found on modern quilts represent words like “peace, boy, girl, and protection.”

The students at Pace were enriched by the astonishing music of Jazz. They learned how Jazz made an impact here in Pittsburgh and how Jazz musicians from Pittsburgh have changed the world. Gateway to the Arts brought modern dance to Pace and gave the students the opportunity to see professional dancers interpret their abilities. Last the students at Pace School ESY program were educated about the mother of all modern music- the Blues. They learned how the Blues started on the plantations in the South during the time of slavery. They learned how some important Blues musicians helped this country through a time of great adversity and division. »Read More