News item: “Kids learn computer coding as part of robotics program at summer camps”

“By using robotics and computer coding to promote stronger numeracy skills in this year’s Summer Learning Program, students are tapping into the digital world they already inhabit,” reports the Windsor Star. With the aim of “the promotion of important mathematical, literacy and social skills,” students work in pairs or teams to enhance collaboration and observe […]

Windsor Star: SLP students “showing significant gains”

According to the Windsor Star, “Summer Learning programs are proving perhaps the best short-term investment area school boards make each year.” The article, which highlights summer learning programs in the Greater Essex County and Windsor-Essex Catholic district school boards, notes that students in summer programs, on average, reduce the learning gap with their peers by […]

Updated: Engaging SLP parents with summer learning blogs

This year, more summer learning programs than ever are getting social! In addition to popular social media platforms such as Twitter (see SLP twitter highlights on this page), a number of summer learning sites are engaging parents, students, teachers and their communities with fun and informative blogs. The Avon Public School Summer Learning Camp team […]

Windsor Star: School board introduces ESL component to summer learning program

Beginning this summer, Greater Essex County Public School Board is incorporating ESL into its three-week Camp Wonder program, reports The Windsor Star. Four ESL classes, with a total of just under 100 students, are currently being offered at Begley, Dougall, Prince Edward and Brock elementary schools. According to the report, “The vast majority of the […]

CTV and CBC report on summer learning in Simcoe County

Both CTV News and CBC radio have been reporting on summer learning programs provided by Simcoe County District School Board, where students are improving their math skills by building robots — and learning literacy from a pirate! The CTV News video notes that once the summer program is completed, kids are more prepared for the […]

Barrie Examiner: “Simcoe County students getting head start on learning”

“While most seven- and eight-year-olds are passing the time away this summer,” reports  Ian McInroy of the Barrie Examiner,  “groups of students across Simcoe County are in learning mode, and they’re loving it.” “The Simcoe County District School Board’s summer learning program for grades 2 and 3 students is in full swing at Hillcrest Public […]