Summer Learning 2020
Keep thinking over the summer
Summer is here...
Summertime can pose challenges when it comes to keeping kids active and engaged in productive learning. We'll all face new difficulties this year with shelter in place. Below are some options to keep your children engaged, creating, and designing. There is a great video below about Little Inventors and really tapping into the imaginations of young people and encouraging the design process to solve problems. The video discusses the importance of nurturing that process along the way so that one day these little inventors will adapt and create inventions that help people and perhaps the world.
At Home Learning
The GT specialist team designed higher-level thinking lessons to support families and help enrich and extend student learning. These short lessons and activities are appropriate for students who seek an additional challenge. Some activities are geared towards one specific grade level, while others are appropriate for multiple age groups. Please use the activities and experiences on the document linked below as a tool to ignite some fun summer learning!
Virtual Summer Camps for Kids
Camp PBS Kids--Ages 2-8 (website with a variety of activities and subjects) https://www.pbs.org/parents/page/summer
Wonder’s Explorer’s Club--Ages 5+ (explore countries with live videos and other classes)https://thewonder.us/explorers-club/
Camp Wonderopolis--ages 7+ (STEM and literary activities)https://camp.wonderopolis.org/
Connected Camps--Ages 8-13 (Coding and Minecraft)https://connectedcamps.com/
DIY Camp--ages 7+ (drawing, building, science)https://diy.org/
Marco Polo World School--ages 3-7 (STEAM lessons)https://www.marcopololearning.com/
Brain Chase--ages 7-14 (academic scavenger hunt--cost $100)https://app.brainchase.com/
Camp Pursuit Through NuMinds
There are 6 two-week "Adventures" to choose from. Each includes 6 courses and about 30 hours of at home enrichment activities (3 levels). Recommended for ages 6-15.
All courses/activities use simple materials found at home.
There is daily feedback from a NuMinds-trained Inspirator (teacher), and a morning live-stream of a motivational assembly to kick off the day.
The focus is on FUN, choice, and inspired engagement!
When registering, use this GCISD $10 off promo code: CPWE20GC
Direct link to enroll - https://www.camppursuit.com/worldedition
For every 10 kids enrolled through using our code, NuMinds will give a 100% scholarship to a student in need. So using the code above will help make a big difference for a kid. :-)
Direct link to scholarship application - https://www.camppursuit.com/scholarship
The scholarship deadline shows expired, but it should still be open and will be updated.
Websites and Apps: These have great resources for parents and students.
Brightly- for reading
Solve me Math Mobiles
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
SENG Great website for Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
National Association for Gifted Children
Books: “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.”
Games - Games are a way to plan, think, strategize, collaborate, and play all at once!
*Many of these games also have accompanying apps
Five Crowns card game