First Day of Summer School in Joplin: Numbers Double Last Year - KOAM TV 7

First Day of Summer School in Joplin: Numbers Double Last Year

Joplin, MO -

Schools out for some but for others today marks the first day of summer school. And there are benefits for both students and teachers. 

Sophie Krumsick and Annabelle Rutledge made paper airplanes out of their personal bios  flying them  to their summer school teacher. The first day was about introductions and rules but  already proved to be a positive experience.
Sophie beamed,
I  love it so far!  I think its, I would rather be here than at my house with really nothing much to do.
While Annabelle added, It  was a lot more fun than I thought it was gonna be. And I  kind of like it a little more than regular school.

Why? we asked.   
Because, we do some fun activities and science experiments, Annabelle explained.

They switched midday to a class with teacher Travis Trueblood who  takes the  future  5th graders for reading and computers after the other teacher handles math and science. Trueblood said the approach is learning with fun. He said, 
In my class we're going to be doing some computers and computer coding. Things that we don't necessarily have time to  do when we're getting all the other necessities in during the normal school year.

Seventeen hundred students are registered. Thats nearly double  last year,  possibly because of offering limited busing which provides transportation to some who might not have been able to come in the past.  The director of summer school, Principal Teresa Adams said the biggest numbers are in kindergarten, which has the Jump Start program and first grade. She said it's more than remedial work. "We want kids to learn while they're here but we also know  when you say summer school that it kind of strikes fear in a lot of kids  eyes. They also need to know its gonna be fun. So, that's why teachers really try to do activities that are hands on, outdoor activities, just things that are going to get their  minds learning.  Lots of cooperative learning, lots of project based learning, so kids can  really enjoy it and experience it," said Adams.
 There are lots of benefits. Besides keeping kids in a regular routine, the fun focus on academics is something even the kids know can help later.

Annabelle explained,  "Last year I learned a lot of stuff but I noticed that sometimes it would be kind of  hard to remember things sometimes. So, I  think summer school helps you to remember more things over the summer."

 Trueblood said they also help students prepare for the fall with multiplication for math and reading they can expect to learn. And it
s a chance to him to try out ideas. Its  like spring training for baseball players. We're gonna try some things out here and if it works, we may incorporate it in in the fall to normal regular classroom routine.

While learning is fun,  they also get a chance to play outdoors and have recess. And part of the  experience is making new friends.

Sophie said summer school kids seem more intelligent. She explained, Kids at our schools, we make friends and theyre like yeah and  dont talk much. But these kids are full on talking and all that.

The students are also excited about some planned field trips like the Crystal Bridges Museum.


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