Partners School Newsletter June 2015

Summer can be a time for learning

Summer, too, is for learning, but it doesn’t have to be highly structured learning, says Martin Kilbridge, principal of Siena Catholic Academy in Brighton.
It’s important to have a “general engagement of the mind,” he says, but taking a break is part
of what summer is all about, “as long as it’s not all video games.” (Some time on video games,
however, is just fine, he adds.)
Balance is essential in finding ways to help children actively learn all summer long, and
avoid the so-called “summer slide”—the tendency of students to regress, especially in math
skills, but sometimes in reading as well, during idle summer vacations.
The trick is to make something out of ordinary life experiences.