Food for Thought

What food experts are telling us harkens back to the dinner table maxim about not wasting food (see Thinking Beyond the Plate and Avenues to Aid). On a macro level, food that is not harvested is thrown away, or wasted, by a variety of players in the food industry. Myriad organizations delineate a difference between […]

Avenues to Aid

The last blog introduced the recent surge in the overwhelming demand on food banks. This blog briefly explores the different types of food-assistance agencies. It is important to know that each of us can do something to alleviate suffering. There are a variety of ways food gets to hungry people in the United States. Soup […]

Thinking Beyond the Plate

Perhaps you were told by a parent or grandparent as they scowled at the untouched food on your plate, “Don’t waste that!” We often associate that phrase with folks who lived a long time ago, or through a war or famine, when communities sacrificed what little they had to help a cause. Nothing was wasted. […]

The Liberty Bell: An American Symbol of Freedom.

Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof. That, as you might recognize, is the inscription on our 2,080-pound national treasure, the Liberty Bell. There are many myths and misconceptions in US history, some of which involve this famous symbol. According to the National Park Service, the State House bell, as it […]

Why Flashcards Work

When I was in elementary school, my favorite activity was whole-class flashcard races. I already had the longing to become a teacher and couldn’t wait to get my own set of tall, buff-colored flashcards for every math operation. When I had my own classroom, I used flashcards in a less competitive way. My students made […]

Engage Readers and Beat the Summer Slide!

The school year is finally winding down—and what a year it has been! Teachers, parents, and students will all be happy to take a break from distance learning. Unfortunately, the summer slide will not be taking a break. In fact, the impact of the COVID slide, as some are calling it, may be substantially worse, […]

At-Home Learning: Use the Problem-Solving Strategies

By this time of year, most grade-level math concepts have been addressed, though students may not have reached mastery in every area. That comes with practice! As they move through elementary school, students acquire a range of strategies to tackle multi-step word problems. During problem solving, students use skills—everything from using basic facts and simple […]

Puppetry…No Strings Attached!

Give your students a break from their screens with an activity that connects all the language arts! Puppetry involves reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the creative arts as well! Much loved puppets, such as Kermit the Frog, Oscar the Grouch, and Mr. Rogers’ Daniel Tiger, have kept both children and adults entertained for decades. Benefits […]

Summer Solutions Reading Activity for Young Children (Pre–K to Grade 2)

Springtime can be magical for children and their pets. Spend some time with an adorable pup by exploring a longtime-favorite, Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham. Then, create a story map. (By the way, you can use this idea with any children’s book.) If you don’t have a copy […]

Summer Solutions At-home Activities for Students

Suddenly, you’re a homeschool teacher! Or maybe you’ve been doing that for years. Either way, as time goes on, you’ll be looking for some engaging, new educational activities to do with your kids at home. At Summer Solutions, we specialize in keeping students academically engaged outside of school. Here are two lesson ideas with free […]