Summer School

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As summer’s official start date get’s closer – so does my maternity leave! As the director of Adventure Academy I planned to have a year round program, but this surprise baby changed up this years schedule! Luckily she’s arriving during a convenient time, when most of my students would be on vacation anyway.  Still, I’d like to help my students avoid the summer slide so I’m continuing tutoring sessions as long as possible and starting back as soon as I can.  Both tutor time students and daycare kiddos will receive supplies to help prevent summer slide. Even wee – ones get to take home books and workbooks and various activities to keep them learning all summer long!

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Many students get to take home More Math and More Literacy activity books from Mother Goose Time.  Although we utilize many different curriculums for our multi-age, multi-need and multi-talented students – Mother Goose Time has been a fun themed program used all year by all the children.  While littles learned about the topics through books and hands on fun, older students researched the topics more in depth and helped teach their younger peers.  All subjects matters are covered in this pre-packaged monthly-curriculum, but the More Math and Literacy books have been a helpful bonus for extending lessons and sending home “homework.” Instead of a typical workbook the pages are filled with different types of activities.

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From basic worksheets, to crafts, to games… the children will be able to continue this months A-Zoo theme studies at home or on vacation.  Until then we’re using up the monthly kit a bit differently than our typical “follow the lesson plan” routine.  Since we ended last month’s water-world theme discussing animals that lived in lakes, oceans, swamps … we transitioned to animals that lived on both water and land.  Then we discussed the unique creatures that could swim, walk on land, and fly. We talked about the zoo animals natural habitats in water, on land and in trees. Today we discussed which zoo animals lived near us in Northern Michigan VS which of the animals we could only visit at a zoo (or far off lands).

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Animals are a great way to teach the alphabet, but since we don’t learn the letters best in ABC order and animal types are best learn by classification – we will continue to change up the animal order over the next couple weeks – and students can review the animals and the alphabet with their take home supplies this summer.  We’ll review such topics when we return together at the end of the summer.  Then we’ll dive into our fall themes, starting with “me, my family and my friends.”  The new school year will bring us a chance to make new friends, make believe and make a mess together – while learning in our 1-room school house.  Many of our old friends have already signed up for the fall.

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If you’d like your child to join us next fall please email Christi@MiFamilies.com for more information.  If you’d like more information on our other programs – visit www.MiFamilies.com.  Adventure Academy is our tutoring and child care program, but we also facilitate workshops and events for the whole family, for parents, and for providers.  All of our programs have an education through recreation focus, and all of our programs provide take home resources.  Mi Families reaches out with resources for families and those who work with families throughout Michigan, however Adventure Academy is only located in Kingsley-Mi.  We are a top rated program that will fill up quickly so enroll soon if interested in our Fall 2016 session.

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