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 […]

Backyard Summer Camp, Part 2: On the Lookout and After Dark

Ready to organize a backyard summer camp for your kids? This blog features scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, and after-dark activities. Check out Part 1 for daytime activities and art projects; Part 3, for ways to prevent brain drain. Each category has three levels: “Simple” activities are mostly free, easy, and great for younger kids. “Medium” […]

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 […]

Easy on the Ear: Musical Entertainment and Education in Equal Measure

Music education supports math, science, art, and literacy. In elementary schools, especially, music rules! Yet, distance learning has prevented many students from participating in regular music classes, not to mention band, choir, and instrumental music lessons. Though nothing can take the place of an excellent music teacher, students can explore music at home. I’ve gathered […]

Explore The World From Your Desktop: Virtual Field Trips

With much of the country following stay-at-home orders, scheduled field trips have been put on temporary hold. So, why not try a virtual field trip to…anywhere? Virtual field trips are a great way to enhance curriculum and make learning more engaging. They incorporate 21st-century technology in a meaningful way, provide interactive learning experiences, and expose […]

Prevent Learning Loss: Use these Research-based Strategies

For many years, researchers have warned us of the learning loss that occurs when students are not academically engaged. It’s a loss that increases with age as children progress from elementary through middle school. At Summer Solutions, we specialize in preventing learning loss through these research-based strategies: Retrieval practice is one of the best ways to […]

Teaching the History and Value of Earth Day – From the Home Front

Looking for more learning opportunities to use at home? At Summer Solutions, we specialize in keeping students academically engaged outside of school, so here is another lesson idea with a free download you can use right away. Trying to participate in a global educational and celebratory experience feels like an insurmountable challenge right now. Most of […]

Science At-home Activities from Summer Solutions

Looking for more learning opportunities to use at home? At Summer Solutions, we specialize in keeping students academically engaged outside of school, so here is another lesson idea with a free download you can use right away. Science Is Out The Window Science is everywhere. Peek out any window and you’ll see examples in every […]