Summer Learning

Summer is here...

Looking for something to keep your student engaged, thinking, questioning, and creating this summer? There are several options to check out.

Summer Programs:

Here are some great learning experiences for students to engage and socialize this summer.

GCISD Summer Enrichment Camp

Great enrichment classes offered by certified teachers for k-6 grade students


June 24-August 16

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History - Summer Classes (ages 3-9) - Enroll by May 31st


Museums are a great way to have authentic conversation about new ideas as well as have some fun. Create a scavenger hunt with your student prior to your trip to add a challenge to the trip.

"An experience in learning is an adventure we never forget."

Nasher Sculpture Center

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Civil War Museum

The Perot Museum

Dallas Museum of Art

Log Cabin Village

Amon Carter Museum of American Art


Games are a way to plan, think, strategize, collaborate, and play all at once!

*Many of these games also have accompanying apps

Bendomino - Ages 5 and up

Qwirkle - Ages 6 and up

Zangle - Ages 6 and up

Roller Coaster Challenge - Ages 6 and up

Set Junior - Ages 3 and up

Set - Ages 8 and up

Color Cube Sudoku - Ages 8 and up

Cat Crimes - Ages 8 and up

Prime Club - Ages 10 and up

Five Crowns - Ages 8 and up

Wordspiel - Ages 8 and up

Have your student showcase their creativity and critical thinking by developing their own game. After testing it out they may begin to adjust the rules of their game, or even make different variations!

Blank Game Board pieces to create their own games


Here is a list of many books to check out from your local library, on GCISD Overdrive, or trade amongst friends this summer. Listening to audiobooks as a family on road trips, or looking for a new series is a great way to keep your student talking about characters and to have a little bibliotherapy. Sometimes the best way to have your student talk about their social and emotional needs is to first talk about a character's social and emotional needs.

“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.”

Book Lists:

Early Readers

First & Second Grade

Second & Third Grade

Fourth & Fifth Grade

Fifth & Sixth Grade

Books for talking about intense emotions

Other Great Stories:

The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Dark Rising by Susan Cooper

Twenty-one Balloons by William Pene du Bois

Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Orientation and Revelations


The Little Prince

The Westing Game

City of Ember


These websites have additional resources for parents and students.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

SENG - Great website for Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Anger -- Please click on link:

Anxiety -Please click on link:

Mensa International

National Association for Gifted Children