Teachers consistently remind parents and students to continue educational activities over the summer break to ensure that the following year gets off on the right foot. Kids, however, see the summer break as a time for fun rather than learning. Now there is a legitimate way to combine learning and fun.
Thinkfinity.org is a website designed to provide 21st Century learning activities and resources for teachers, students and parents. Since Thinkfinity is the national partner of the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX), the State Department of Education’s web portal for teachers, parents can rest assured that the resources and activities on Thinkfinity are of the highest quality.
These activities come from an outstanding group of content partners, such as the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, National Geographic, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of English, and several others.
But how do we convince the kids that learning can be fun? Science NetLinks from the American Association for the Advancement of Science has several science activities for summer fun including the science behind soap bubbles and static electricity. In addition to your child’s school reading list, the Literacy Network offers a program called 31 Days to Better Reading. Designed for elementary students through third grade, this program offers activities for parents to do with their kids.
Illuminations, from NCTM, provides interactive math games for all age levels including Primary Krypto for elementary students and Dihedral Patterns for middle and high school students. There is even an educational tie-in to the hit movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian from, of course, the Smithsonian Museum.
Each activity will keep students engaged and involved in learning in an entertaining way that will keep them mentally active over the summer without making them feel like they are missing their summer break. Parents should take a look at the site in advance to plan appropriate activities. Just click on the parent tab from the home page at www.thinkfinity.org.
Article by Keith George
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