SALT LAKE CITY - It is possible to keep learning alive during the summer months, even when school is out and parks and pools beckon.
Educators at Utah Connections Academy, an online school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, have compiled suggestions on how to keep students engaged in learning through the summer.
Their 10 ideas, listed in a press release, promote arts education.
“There is a strong and growing body of research that shows the positive correlation between involvement in the arts and academic achievement,” said Patricia Hoge, executive vice president for curriculum at the academy.
One idea is for children to act out their favorite story books in a living room theater. They could also create a dance using the letters of their name, or a dance where hops and skips add up to math concepts. Children could try composing their own theme song, an activity that reinforces abstract thinking skills, according to the release.
Creating a masterpiece of paints, crayons and colored pencils is another idea. Or children could play with story cubes, rolling the dice with different icons on each side, to create something totally original.
At a trip to a museum, children would guess the titles of works of art before comparing their guesses with the real titles.
Online resources allow kids to study music online from sites such as Julliard eLearning at julliard.edu, or test their knowledge of music through the Connections Academy Quiz Bowl Challenge at connectionsacademy.com/quizbowl.