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SHAD 2019 – Summer Enrichment Opportunity

SHAD is a summer enrichment program where high potential high school students spend 4-weeks in July living at a host university campus outside their hometown and engage in experiential learning in STEAM & Entrepreneurship. It’s an opportunity for promising students to meet like-minded peers, explore Canada and gain an immersive university experience. Participation in SHAD is recognized by university admissions & scholarship providers. Students walk away transformed, empowered to make a difference and with a lifelong network.

Who can apply? SHAD looks for students who are: creative, involved in their community and keen learners. Application for SHAD 2019 are open and due by November 19, 2018.

Can my student afford it? A range of bursaries are available, ensuring that the program is accessible to students with demonstrated financial need. Last year, SHAD gave away over $1 million in bursaries to ensure that the cost of the program is never the reason a student does not apply.

Where can I get more info? Contact Jess Tang, Outreach Lead at jess@shad.ca to receive promotional materials for your school.

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Five Strategies For Accessing Quality Summer Reading Materials

One of the factors contributing to the summer slide is that students don’t read as much over the summer. Reading less may be partially caused by a less structured schedule and camp activities, but there’s another critical reason: access. During the school year, students can get reading materials from the school library or their classroom teacher, but over the summer they lose this easy access to a steady flow of quality reading materials.

We polled our team of Toronto tutors to ask for their strategies for finding quality reading materials to enjoy all summer long.

Visit The Local Libraries: Toronto has many branches across the city with several having storytimes and summer reading programs. Sign up for a library card and then pull out your family calendar to plan biweekly outings to exchange books. And if visiting the library is difficult, with a library card, your whole family can even borrow books digitally!

Organize A Book Swap: Purchasing new books can add up quickly, but a book swap is a free way for children to find new reading materials that come recommended by their friends. There are a few options to make this as easy as possible: Invite your children’s classmates over for a pre-summer book swap or work with your child’s teacher to host one in the classroom. Another low-key possibility would be to place a box at the school and have students bring in their pre-loved books in exchange for another.

Go Book Shopping: Celebrate the end of the school year with an outing to the book store. Be prepared with a list in mind; consider buying the next book or two in your child’s favourite series. And before you leave the store, browse through famous family classic’s, we love Harry Potter, for a family read-aloud that’ll take the summer to enjoy.

Explore Your Bookshelves: Often when we ‘shop’ our bookshelves we’ll find several never been read books and ones that are worth rereading. Use the end of the school year as a good time to tidy the shelves, gather books that are no longer loved (but in excellent condition) for swapping or donation, and rediscover what’s already available.

Visit The Children’s Book Bank: Located in downtown Toronto, the Children’s Book Bank’s mission is to improve literacy in low-income communities by providing free books to children living in these neighbourhoods. It’s a warm and welcoming space, much like your favourite bookstore or library, which invites children to choose books and keep them, for free. They also provide regular programming and are open all summer long.

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Summer Rainy Day Educational Activities

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With school over for the year, the summer is a wonderful time to enjoy the fresh air with family, friends or at camp. Unfortunately from time to time, the weather doesn’t cooperate and we go inside for a rainy day.

While we always hope for nice weather over the summer, a rainy day is a wonderful opportunity to play indoor educational games and work on avoiding the summer slide.

Don’t let a rainy day spoil the fun – here are 7 educational games and activities to play indoors:

1) Make a Collages:  Find old magazines, newspapers and catalogs and work with your kids to find pictures of animals, food, sites and other fun items.  Give them safety scissors and glue to make a collage book.

2) Create a Story: Work with your child to create a short about anything s/he is interested in.  Then one of you provides an opening line and you take turns to write sentences.   After you have both written the sentences, read the story out load together.

3) Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of items to either i) find around the house or ii) research in books, magazines or online.  Once your child has found all the items, present him or her a prize at the end.

4) Play a Family Board Game:  Board games are a wonderful way to bring the family together to spend time and remove everyone from technology.   They also teach counting, memory, logic and vocabulary development.  Here are some great recommendations from Parents Magazine.

5) Pick a Country and Learn About It:  If you have a globe, spin it around and see where your finger lands.  Learn about the language (hello / goodbye), popular food and even try to write a few letters.

6) Read a New Book Together:  Keep up your reading from the school year and learn new vocabulary and more complicated story lines.

7) Try a New Craft Project:  Pinterest has wonderful craft ideas for kids.  Scroll through the hundreds of photos and see which one you like best!

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Summer Enrichment – Strategies From Our Tutors

Summer Enrichment Tutors

Summer is almost here!   With the warm weather, vacations and fun activities, learning loss can be an issue over the summer.  Some research has suggested that students may lose one month of knowledge over the summer break.

However, the summer break does not have to be boring  and completely focused on learning.  There is an opportunity to enjoy the summer break while continuing to keep up knowledge and learning from the school year.

We have reached out to our tutors for their advice on summer enrichment and how to avoid the summer slide:

1) Read every day: Make the reading fun with fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, apps, poetry on topics your daughter or son is interested in.

2) Summer Camps: There are a ton of education based summer camps in Toronto that focus on STEM and arts.  Check out Our Kids camp resource to review different options.

3) Vacations: Make your vacation a learning experience.  On any trip there are a ton of opportunities to learn about geography (location and maps), history (site and their background), science (physics of driving, weather, different climates) and math (distance, speed). Here are also some fun educational games for road trips.

4) Educational Field Trip:  Toronto has tons of exciting places to visit for educational field trips.  Here are some of our recommendations.

5) Make Math Fun:  Math does not have to be only worksheets and tests.  There are ton of real world examples, games and apps to work on over the summer.   For more ideas click here.

6) Summer Scrapbook:  If your child is interested in arts, encourage them to take pictures over the summer and create a summer scrapbook.

7) Learn a New Word Each Week

8) Cook with Your Child:  Cooking helps teach your child math skills, nutrition, directions, critical thinking, measurement, cultural awareness, creativity, and sensory awareness.

 

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