Whether you are a summer school session, your school year is still going/already started, or you are looking for ideas to give to families to continue learning over the summer here are some summer learning tips to help you out.
The summer is a great time to incorporate more hands-on learning. STEM activities are engaging and great for language development.
- Stick Fort Building– Try using twigs and having students build forts for dolls/action figures
- Baking Soda/Vinegar Powered boats– Can be messy so outside works the best
- Ice cream in a bag– If you have access to an old fashioned hand crank ice cream making you can make a large batch. Otherwise, this recipe is a fun one to try. Who knew that learning about science could be so tasty?
- Using STEM with ELLs– Ideas for teaching STEM activities to ELLs
Practice Native Language
It might seem counterintuitive, but the summertime is a great opportunity for ELLs to practice their home language. For some, this means traveling to visit family and being fully immersed in speaking that language. For others it might mean speaking it as home, reading books in their native language, or learning how to write in their first language.
Being bilingual is a huge asset. Let families know that it is actually beneficial to continue speaking and using their native language. Strengthening the literacy skills in a child’s first language will actually help them as they are learning English.
The more students read, the better their reading skills will be. Getting ELLs to read over the summer means helping them to find books that they are interested in, making it fun, finding books that are culturally relevant. Here are some additional Summer Reading Tips for ELLs.
Check out my Summer Pinterest board for additional ideas to use engage ELLs all summer long.