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June 1, 2015

The "official" start of summer is almost here! Whether you spend it barbecuing, at the beach, or in a frenzy of vacations & visits, it’s a time to relax, recharge, and spend time with family and friends. But what about all the hard work your child has done during the 2014-2015 school year? Studies show that your child could lose knowledge, particularly in math and reading skills, over the summer months (http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-5/summer.htm), and we don’t want that to happen! Brushing up on skills doesn’t have to take the form of producing essays or solving pages of long equations…check out some of the resources below to keep your youngster sharp and prepared for the 2015-2016 school year – it will be here before you know it!

Start here: http://gtpsstudent.weebly.com/
This page was created and is maintained by our Curriculum Supervisors. Your children often utilize this page during the school year, and find it chock-full of activities, games, and homework help. Start your summer learning adventure here!

Local Camps & Programs: CLICK HERE for a comprehensive list of things going on right here in South Jersey!

Do you have younger children? Check these sites out:

Are you raising a budding "techie"? Here are some awesome iPad apps tested by our Curriculum Supervisor, Mrs. Betty Napoli: http://gtpsipad.wikispaces.com/+Best+Apps

Is your child artistic?
Here’s some crafty ideas to keep them busy:
https://www.care.com/a/62-summer-crafts-for-kids-1307010525; OR Sign them up for a Noyes Museum Art Class, OR Visit Galloway Ceramic Studio: https://www.facebook.com/GallowayCeramicStudio

Does your child live for sports? Remember to play it safe with these tips: http://www.safekids.org/tip/sports-safety-tips ; AND Visit Grow Yoga (kids classes available): http://www.growyoganj.com/

Some Other Ideas for your "Home Summer School":

  • Start by making a list of the most important and obvious educational milestones that your child achieved during the school year (i.e. alphabet recognition, letter/sound correspondence, counting, the names and order of the planets, algebra, etc.). Seeing all of this information on paper will give you an idea of what you need to work on over the summer.

  • Spend at least 20 – 30 minutes each day reading with your child or having your child read to you. Look for reading programs at your local library (like Atlantic County Library’s "One County, One Book: Wonder"), bookstore, or church to keep your youngster interested.

  • Stimulate math skills by letting your child estimate prices in the grocery store, plan how much a family vacation will cost, or have them help you with the cooking for measurement skills.

  • Take classes together. Many places offer classes during the summer months that will allow you and your child to spend time together. You may want to expose them to something they wouldn’t learn in school (perhaps a class in sculpture or paper-making), or reinforce something they learned that year (computer courses in word processing or web page design).

  • Have them keep a journal of all the things they do. Maybe they’ll want to draw pictures of places they go on a family vacation, or write a poem about a day at the beach. Not only will this keep writing skills sharp and peak their creativity, but at the end of the summer they’ll have a wonderful scrapbook of memories from the summer of 2015.

  • If you do go on a family vacation, why not let your child research places on the Internet before you go? They can gather all the information they can find about a certain destination or choose a few locations and compare them. They can then map out the route, choose the hotels you stay in, find restaurants in the area, estimate the cost of a flight for the entire family, and so much more!

  • Take them on day trips – museums, zoos, galleries, historic villages…they’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning!

Speaking of museums, zoos, and other fun places to visit, here’s a list of some local destinations to visit during those long, lazy days:

Other resources: The National PTA’s "Parent Guide to Student Success: Kindergarten – High School" has great ideas for helping your student from kindergarten through high school. Download your PDF copy by clicking this link.

Finally, remember that in addition to district programs like Summer Learning, Extended School Year, Summer Theatre & Pops, the district offices are open all summer, and I encourage you to contact your child’s principal or me if you would like to discuss your child’s education, or other matters relating to the school district. We believe that a strong partnership between home and school is essential to a quality education, and want the lines of communication to remain open. Together we can ensure that Galloway Schools remain places "where children and learning come first!"

Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
giaquintoa@gtps.k12.nj.us
609.748.1250, ext.
1016



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