Studies have shown that summer vacation creates learning setbacks for students. But ask most students about summer school, and they’re not too hot on the idea.
Now there’s good news for students, parents and teachers alike– the format of summer school is changing!
There is a movement sweeping the nation that calls for a new way to think about summer school and how it’s taught. New models for summer school focus on fun and educational activities that students of all levels can benefit from. At Journeys in Film, we’re excited by the possibilities of this new vision, and our film-based curriculum is being integrated into some of these innovative summer programs.
What is summer learning loss?
- Students lose about 2 months of grade level equivalency in many skills over the summer.
- Students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer.
- Parents say summer is the most difficult time to make sure their children have productive things to do.
How can new summer school programs help?
Innovative programs can address summer learning loss, smooth the transition from one grade to the next, and improve retention. The underlying principle is that kids should have fun during summer school, while they learn.
Some schools provide activities for students such as martial arts, music and dance, community service learning and volunteerism, guest speakers and book fairs. Other summer programs involve collaborations between schools and local organizations such as zoos, museums and libraries.
How does the Journeys in Film curriculum fit in?
Our film-based curriculum is fun and engaging. It provides a window to the world without straining the school’s limited resources. There is no special equipment required and no extra cost for field-trip travel. Watching films from around the world involves discovery and critical thinking, while related lesson plans sharpen skills in math, science, social studies and more.
Watching films together is a great opportunity to learn and share as a family also. Parents can get involved in the classroom activities or even use the Journeys curriculum at home. Specific lesson plans can be selected based on the interests of the family or teacher.