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Summer Resources

 

Per new mask mandate from Gov. Pritzker, click HERE to view our Plan for the start of the 2021-2022 School Year.
Mandate made August 4, 2021; effective immediately

 

                           

 

Parents and Guardians of Herscher CUSD #2: Congratulations on finishing the school year!

Like last year, we want to share a few resources that your student(s) can use over the summer.

Of course, the best thing our students can do this summer (regardless of grade level) is to read.

How long should student read every day?

One can find a variety of answers to that question online but the answer is simple: as much as they can.

At a minimum, we'd recommend 20 minutes. If 20 minutes appears too hard, start with as much as they can do in one sitting and steadily build on that throughout the summer. For those students who can easily read 20 minutes work to extend to a half hour (or beyond)!

A resource we are excited to share this summer is a complementary computer coding course: EasyCode.

EasyCode offers coding challenges to build familiarity and confidence with computer science. As students progress through this course, they will learn how to use coding to create their own game. This course is available for students entering grades 3 through 8.
You can sign your child up for this self-paced EasyCode summer course here.

Writing is also important. Whether a student keeps a simple journal or becomes a pen pal with a family member or friend, any writing is better than no writing. For those interested, more elaborate writing ideas can be found here.

We also encourage a lot of movement! Whether that's simply playing outside, doing a daily exercise routine or regularly going for a walk or run, activity and movement is good for the brain and body.

Lastly, we’ve included a list of podcasts. Podcasts are great as they can be engaging, build background knowledge, promote listening skills and they can be enjoyed while taking a break from a screen.

Please allow these resources to serve as an aid and not a burden.

Even setting aside an hour a day (or every other day) will help our students tremendously.

We hope there is plenty of fun and rest for your family this summer.

Respectfully,

Pete Falk, Director of Curriculum
Herscher CUSD #2

Click here to access a flyer regarding the summer coding class for quick sharing.