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#TeachChat Archive: Summer Learning Loss and Ways to Stop It! – June 12, 2013

#TeachChat Archive:  Summer Learning Loss and Ways to Stop It! – June 12, 2013

Ah, summer learning loss.  It’s a problem that can hinder even the best of learners.  Check out tips for teachers and parents on how to prevent it and ways to incorporate summer learning fun into vacation.  The great teachers from Wednesday, June 12th’s #TeachChat share their expertise (despite multiple tech failures and slowness during the
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3 Summer Activities for Kids and Families

3 Summer Activities for Kids and Families

Can you believe Memorial Day is over and summer is unofficially here?  Take a look at these three fun and kid-tested (and approved!) activities that are perfect for kicking off the summer fun right now!    


Father’s Day Printable Coupon Book Gift Freebie

Father’s Day Printable Coupon Book Gift Freebie

Let’s face it, Father’s Day crafts are a tad bit tougher to come up with than Mother’s Day crafts.  The traditional tie and mug are great, but by the time Dad’s fourth Father’s Day rolls around he already has a nice tie collection.  This year do something different!  Check out this great Father’s Day coupon
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A Sporting Way to End the School Year

A Sporting Way to End the School Year

by Steve Reifman, Monthly Columnist Nearly fifteen years ago I decided to schedule a class baseball game during the final week of the school year. I organized the event on a whim, thinking it might be a way to have some fun and finish the year on a festive note. Since that time our class
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Slowing Down Summer Learning Loss

Slowing Down Summer Learning Loss

According to a recently published (April 2013) survey by James S. Kim and David M. Quinn of Harvard University, summer learning loss, specifically in reading, can be greatly reduced by teacher-directed and home-based summer reading interventions.  What was significant about their study was that children in low-income areas actually benefitted the most from this type
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Math Games for Summer Learning

Math Games for Summer Learning

by Elizabeth Supan, Monthly Columnist As summer approaches, I have been thinking about how to keep my students activity working on their math skills during the summer. We have worked so hard all year long to master all of our math skills, that I do not want the “summer slump” to kick in and chip
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12 Summer Learning Ideas to Send Home with Free Printable List

12 Summer Learning Ideas to Send Home with Free Printable List

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist Summer is almost here! Parents and students always look forward to summer. Many times parents ask us for ideas of things they can do at home with their children to keep them learning. I like to send home a list of things to do during the summer that will keep
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Happy Independence Day!

Warm wishes for a safe and happy 4th of July from all of us at Really Good Stuff!            


Student-Led Olympics

Student-Led Olympics

Idea by Sofia, a 3rd Grade Teacher, from Riverside, CA. To begin celebrating the Olympics, I secure five large hula hoops in colors that match those of the Olympic rings. I tie the hoops together to create an eye-catching display. I then have children brainstorm a list of game events they would like to compete
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Heritage Olympics

Heritage Olympics

Idea by Martina, a 3rd Grade Teacher, from Rio Rancho, NM. To celebrate the Olympics, we ask each of our students to represent a country that corresponds with his or her family’s country of origin. We then have students research the flags from their countries and have them render them on construction paper so they
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