Since 2010 the Council of Ontario Directors of Education has continued to coordinate and provide leadership for a summer literacy and numeracy learning program funded by the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, Ontario Ministry of Education. This successful and worthwhile summer learning program is intended to support students in the primary grades who would benefit from engaging and interactive literacy and numeracy instruction during the summer months.
In conjunction with the summer learning program, there is a significant research study to examine the factors that minimize summer learning loss and close the achievement gap. Students are invited by school staff to the summer program and parents are actively involved. This year, several of the AMDSB teaching sites involved in this project are piloting a new approach that blends numeracy, literacy and inquiry based learning, one of these sites is Clinton Public School. The teaching team at Clinton includes two AMDSB teachers, Becky Versteeg and J.D. Hansford, and an AMDSB Educational Assistant, Kelsey Johnston.
The students and learning team have just finished the first of three engaging and interactive weeks. Instructional time focuses on student learning mindsets, fluency and sight word recognition, number sense and spatial awareness. A full day of inquiry-based learning is scheduled on Tuesdays, and the Clinton students spent last Tuesday in the outdoor classroom at the Wawanosh Nature center. Additional features include a class blog, breakfast, snacks, and afternoons at the YMCA summer camp program. Select this link to view photos and learn more about the Summer Literacy and Numeracy Program.