Extended School Year- Making It Meaningful and Fun!
I start Extended School Year tomorrow which is summer school for the guys in my class. My kids go for three hours a day, Monday through Thursday and it’s a ton of fun. It’s only a couple of weeks long but it helps break up the summer for my kiddos and helps keep their routine somewhat normal. Being that it’s such a short day I try to get as much bang for my buck with the activities we do. Between breakfast, lunch, recess and gym there is not much time left for whole blocks of instruction so this year I’ve decided to try activity based learning. Instead of trying for a math block and reading block, I’m going to plan activities that I can embed the goals were working on in summer school into that days activities. I want summer school to be fun and a bit more relaxed then it is during the school year but I don’t want to it to just be play time. So with that in mind, I’ve been working on some visual instructions for the activities, that I’ll share here, they we be what we use for our reading part and some math/recording sheets to help us record our learning.
First up is “Frozen Silly Putty” I got the recipe from Paging Fun Moms and I loved that I could make a sensory activity into a math and reading lesson as well.
Click on the picture to see the original instructions. To make it a little more educational I created these visual instructions for my students to read and follow along with as we make the silly putty. Click on the instruction pictures to grab the instructions from my store.
There’s a visual resource list so they’ll know what materials we will need to make the silly putty. Then the instructions are broken down into VERY simple steps, each with pictures to describe that step.
After we make the putty we’ll use these recording sheets to document our learning. The first picture is for my beginner learners who do more drawing then full on writing.
This sheet is for my older students who can write sentences. I want them to really think about what it is we are making/doing and writing it down is a great way to help them remember more details. It also helps them talk to their family about what we did at school that day.
I’m planning on plenty of art activities and lots of messy, outdoor fun. Check out my Pinterest board of ESY Activity Ideas .