Posted on June 11, 2022
"Summer school is way better than regular school! So much fun!" So said one first grader to his dad. A genuine comment like this makes me smile.
Now why is that? Iʻd like to hope that summer school offers every child different opportunities for learning with new friends and new faculty. Two-hour sessions allow for sustained practice with a variety of activities to meet the needs of different learners. Students and teachers really have more time to get to know one another, which helps to build a community of learning. These are pedagogical reasons. But for the student who is experiencing summer learning, there is a noticeable ease and comfortability within reasonable structures of classroom organization and expectations. Robotics? Reading and cooking combined? Preparing for a theater production? Dabbling in different art media? Daily sports workouts? Looking for lʻil critters in the outdoors? Honing math skills when designing an aquarium? Taking a deep dive into Hawaiian culture through hula?
Whatʻs not to like?
And there is also the presence of other learning support provided by the teacher aides. Every session has at least one assistant teacher or aide, many who are college or high school students interested in working with young children. Thereʻs really a nice feeling of community with the assistants and aides everywhere on campus!We ended the first week with a virtual assembly where all the teaching faculty introdued themselves, what theyʻre teaching this summer, and a super power they wish they had or a super hero theyʻd like to be. Students also talked to one another in their classrooms to share their want-to-have super power or want-to-be super hero.
As you take a look at the photos I captured this week, what do you notice?
After a brisk first week of summer school, I am really glad summer school is way better than regular school and so much fun. So says the principal. ;-)
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
For our children,
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.