As I complete my second year as superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools, I am very proud of what an outstanding school district we have in Moorhead. We are successful because of the incredible skills and commitment of our teachers, support staff and leaders. We are busy planning for next school year and anticipate an exciting fall as we welcome students and staff back to school. However, even with summer activities winding down there are still a few ways to enjoy summer learning experiences with your child or grandchild.
Enjoy the outdoors. The lakes, rivers, prairie and gardens are excellent, real-life sources of inspiration for history, science and language arts. Determine the height of a tree, the size of the fish you catch together, or the distance apart to plant various seeds. Encourage your child to keep a daily journal about learning or experiences. This is also a great time to walk, hike, bike and swim together.
Plan family game time. As silly as this may sound, some good family friendly competition is great! Play traditional games like Clue to create calculated hypotheses and Taboo to explore word choice. Remember that most games even require basic arithmetic to keep score. My grown children still talk about family fun time.
Remember the public library. Book reports and outside reading are not reserved for the months between September and June. Start a family or neighborhood book club and design group discussions, quick writes, projects or written assignments to practice for the next school year. Just sitting and reading with your child will encourage reading habits for a lifetime.
Summer is a great time to support local businesses that support the development of Moorhead youth. The important part of summer learning is to have fun and practice honing skills. Students and families deserve time together, but remember that learning can be enjoyable and rejuvenating. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Be creative!
I look forward to working together with our community to support our schools this fall.
Dr. Lynne A. Kovash
Moorhead Area Public Schools