Looking for fun (and educational) things to do this summer for free or minimal cost? Research dating back over 100 years has shown that students will often lose a month or more of the academic skills they gained the previous year during the summer months. Here are some online and “real world” ideas that can help to combat summer slide:
|Online Summer Activities
||“Real World” Summer Activities
Any rising St. Martin’s 5th Grade student who is not typing at least 25 words per minute and any rising/current St. Martin’s Middle School student who is not typing at least 35 words per minute is highly encouraged to practice typing on a consistent basis. It never hurts for younger students to practice typing or for students already typing at least 35 words per minute to practice more. Knowing the keyboard and being able to touch type is a skill that will help both in Middle School and beyond. This should be supervised to insure that your child is using correct posture, hand positioning and is trying to type without looking at the keys.
- Typing Club (Grades 3-8)
Students going in to 3rd-8th grades were given login information for Typing Club for the summer. Our School Code is stmcomputers.
- Dance Mat Typing (Grades 2 & 3)
Fun Characters and songs to introduce Touch Typing for children 7-11 years old from the BBC. You will need to finish a stage at one sitting and keep track of where you leave off.
- Khan Academy Math
Khan Academy offers math videos and quizzes starting with basic math through Algebra & beyond. Students can sign in using their school Google accounts which were sent home with them.
- Sumdog (Math)
Students going in to 3rd through 8th grade were provided with login information for Sumdog. There are also apps available for iPhone, iPad and Android Tablets.
- Newsela Summer Reading Clubs
This challenge gives students the chance to earn badges, get newsroom promotions, and climb in the standings, while reading news and feature stories. Good for students going in to 3rd through 8th grades. Please contact Mrs. Sedgwick for login information or follow the directions provided and set up an account for your child directly.
- Teach Your Monster to Read MiniGames – Kindergarten & 1st grade students can practice letter sounds and blending sounds with fun mini games.
Free audio book downloads – 2 per week: 1 current Young Adult title paired thematically with a classic or required reading book. Best for 8th graders and above.
- Scratch, Jr.
Recommended for K-2nd
Scratch, Jr. is a free app for both iPad and Android devices.
Recommended for 3rd-8th
Scratch is a programming language and an online community. Scratch can be downloaded and installed on a desktop or laptop computer or used in a web browser. The student accounts sent home with 1st-8th grade students work to sign in to Scratch.
- edX – MyCS: Computer Science for Beginners
Recommended for Middle School
This is an online self-paced course using Scratch from Harvey Mudd.
Want to go further with coding?
||Summer Reading & More:
- Los Angeles Public Library
Many summer activities (for Kids, Teens, & Adults) at various branches including: Yoga Classes, Storytime, Science Club, and more. Of course, you could always just visit the library to check out books and/or read OR check out e-books and/or audio books online at www.lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media
- Barnes & Noble
The Calabasas store has a weekly storytime and may offer other activities during the summer.
- Madrid Theatre
Head to the Madrid on Mondays from 10am-11am for the Children’s Performance Series and see professional, world-class musicians, dancers, and actors for free. Recommended for ages 6-9.
- The Getty Center
Admission is free; parking is not.
- Hollywood Bowl Museum
Admission is free & parking is free until 4:30pm. Most summer mornings, you can also go and listen to the rehearsals of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for free.
Museums & More:
Southern California has many museums, etc. with learning opportunities for children. Here are a few you can visit that are located within a 1/2 hour drive from St. Martin’s. Most of these will have small admission fees.
Make movies or books at Apple Stores. These fill up really fast!
- Apple Camps – Sign up for 3-day workshops (iMovie & iBooks) at Apple Stores.
Have a rising 4th grader and/or interested in the history of California?
- Kids Bowl Free
Registered kids can bowl 2 games for free daily. Available at: Winnetka Bowl, Matador Bowl, Corbin Bowling Center, & more. Keep your child active and you could challenge them to calculate their bowling average when you’re done or figure out how many more pins they need to score a certain amount for a little math practice, too!
If you are a St. Martin’s parent and have misplaced login information for your child for Sumdog or Typing Club OR if you need login information for Newsela, email Mrs. Sedgwick and she’ll be happy to send you the information.