Academic journal article Science and Children

Learning Doesn't Take a Vacation

Academic journal article Science and Children

Learning Doesn't Take a Vacation

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Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

--Abigail Adams

We all know that students come back to school energized after long breaks. We also know that learning is always taking place--even during school vacations. This prime learning time can be tapped to capitalize on valuable opportunities that could provide students with learning experiences that allow them to provide incentive to pursue interests and engage in continual science learning.

There are many possible strategies for summer engagement. Some of my colleagues send a letter to each student in their class as soon as the class lists are developed during the summer. Some have provided a list of nearby informal science centers such as museums and nature centers including their hours of operation. One of my past colleagues asks students to bring an item from nature back to school with them from their summer vacation. She provides suggestions such as sand, shells, rocks, or a pressed leaf. She now has labeled test tubes filled with sand from around the world displayed in her classroom. This allows her to engage students in a discussion that goes far beyond "what I did on summer vacation." These teachers want the summer activities to be fun but educationally engaging--and they are well aware of the importance of following up at the beginning of the year. …

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