Beating the Summer Slide!
By Emma McGuire
As a teacher, I have experienced first hand the effects of summer learning loss on my students. Returning from summer is a difficult transition for many students who have not engaged in physical activity, read books or been challenged to think critically. Between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next, every student risks summer learning loss, or the “Summer Slide.” An average of 2.6 months of math skills are lost over the summer and six weeks of the fall is spent re-learning material to make up summer learning loss. Participation in summer camps is a fun way to incorporate physical activity, keep students mentally stimulated, and give them social interaction throughout the summer months.
The good news is there’s a wide variety of programs of all interests offered during the summer through Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed. No matter if your child loves to read, engineer, or create art, there is a Community Ed program for everyone that helps promote learning over summer break. Summer will be here before we know it, you can start planning activities now to avoid learning loss!
Choosing the Camp that’s Right for You
With so many camps offered, it’s hard to know where to start, but there’s something for everyone in Community Ed! Design your days to work for you. There are more than 100 full day, half day camps and classes at more than 40 sites throughout Parkway and Rockwood.
Stay physically active with Mountain Biking Excursion. Unleash your inner artist with Glow in the Dark Art, or blast off with Rockin’ Robotics. All camps offer hands on experiences to keep your child mentally stimulated this summer.
Sports & Fitness
You got game, we’ve got sports. Try something new or improve your skills in a variety of sports programs like baseball, rugby, soccer, tennis and track and field.
Learn to swim, swim competitively or even try SCUBA with aquatics programs! Designed for all ages and ability levels.
Babler Outdoor Education Center
Get close to nature, close to home with Babler WiLD programs! Put away electronic devices for the day and explore the wonders of Babler State park. Programs are available for students pre-K to 8th grade. Or take learning to the trail with amazing Trek and Travel trips this summer: the Great Lakes Voyage (for students entering grades 6-8) or the Atlantic Coastal Quest (for students entering grades 9-10). These week-long, science-based adventures connect classroom learning to the outside world through adventure, science and self-discovery.
Get techy, learn the basics of baking, or design like an engineer with Enrichment courses. There are a variety of Enrichment programs available for all ages.
SummerLink from Adventure Club
Explore new adventures each week in this full-day camp packed with field trips, presenters, sports, creative and dramatic arts, life skills, STEM projects and more! It’s the perfect blend of fun and enrichment! Sign up 1-5 days per week or all summer!
the Zone from Adventure Club
Get in the Zone! Middle schoolers will stay active and engaged while making new friends and exploring St. Louis in this full-day experience. New adventures offered each week like: bowling, cooking, laser tag, games, movies, swimming, and more! Gain independence while having fun with friends. Sign up 1-5 days per week or all summer!
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, sing and play your way to a great time in Visual and Performing Arts programs! There are a variety of courses for every artist. Come join us for theater, dance, fiber art and much more!
Summer Planning Starts February 10!
Community Ed summer registration opens February 10 and don’t forget about the Summer Expo coming up Sunday, February 10 at Marquette High School! This is a great opportunity to talk face-to-face to more than 100 exhibitors at this FREE event presented by Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed. The Expo features regional exhibitors and is open to anyone. So be sure to stop by from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at Marquette High on February 10. Check out the Facebook Event Page.
Emma McGuire is a Community Ed Instructor and 4th grade teacher at Green Pines Elementary in the Rockwood School District.