Lake County Class of 2016 Turns Tassels on May 28
Summer Reading Keeps Leadville Kids Learning
By Carol Boorom, Leadville Today Contributor
School is out for summer on June 3, but that doesn’t mean that kids shouldn’t keep learning all summer long!
According to Reading is Fundamental: All young people experience learning losses when they don’t engage in educational activities during the summer.
Here are some ways to still have fun and keep that brain engaged over the summer. Make sure that you carve out time for educational opportunities this summer.
One way to engage your young reader is by planning a trip to the library. Make sure to sign your kids up for fun and prizes at the Lake County Public Library. The program this year runs between June 14 to July 28.
The library has programs for preschoolers through teenagers. There are some great prizes for reading from free food, rock treasures, up to a free train ride for a child and an adult. Plus, there is a raffle and five readers will win either a new bicycle or a new skateboard. The program includes weekly themes around sports, fitness and health. Pick up a flyer at the library for more detailed information.
Make time to read to your children over the summer. Reading in isolation does have some benefits, but reading with your child and having conversations about the text is even more educational. Ask them questions about the story. If you read the book with them you can discuss deeper meanings, vocabulary, and themes with your child. You could also invite a few of your child’s friends to read the same book and host a book club meeting.
Reading more challenging material aloud to your child is also really beneficial to young minds. Chose a high interest book that would be difficult for them to read on their own. Kids love books like Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte’s Web, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Hobbit and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
You can pick up used books at The Matchless Treasure Thrift Store or check in with The Book Mine for more ideas. Read a chapter a day to them. This can create lasting memories for a lifetime as well as a love of reading. Take time to discuss what the author may be thinking and have your child make predictions of what may happen next. When your child answers a question don’t forget to ask them about their thinking. What in the text causes them to believe the way that they do?
Don’t forget about non-fiction text. Think about the kinds of things that your child is curious about and find non-fiction books or magazines about those subjects. Kids often enjoy books about how things work. They can take their learning a step farther and perhaps design a product, create an experiment, or build a model.
Life moves fast, but if you slow down a bit over the summer you may notice all kinds of opportunities to keep the learning flowing!
Carol Boorom is an educator, mother and writer. Carol developed her love for Leadville years ago when she began teaching Colorado History. Since then, she escapes to Leadville whenever she can with her family. Carol is excited to have finally achieved a goal in buying a home in Leadville and plans on spending more time in the historic city. In addition to teaching, she was the editor and chief contributor for SoapHub, an online soap opera website and has been published in Valley Living magazine in Denver.
Bujanda, Reveles Receive HMI Merit Scholarships
By Ray McGaughey, HMI Director of Admissions
Lake County High School sophomores Angel Bujanda and Brayhan Reveles are the recipients of this year’s High Mountain Institute (HMI) merit scholarships.
Bujanda, son of Mr. Daniel Bujanda and Ms. Diana Gutierrez, will attend HMI for the fall semester; Reveles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fernando and Christina Reveles will attend in the spring. The recipients were selected for their commitment to academics, leadership, and involvement in their greater communities. Since inception in 1998, 28 other LCHS students have attended HMI on full scholarships.
The merit scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for each recipient.
HMI is a boarding school for high school juniors. Each semester a new group of students travel to Leadville to partake in the school’s rigorous academic curriculum, extended backpacking expeditions, and a small, intentional community.
In addition to the semester program, HMI offers a 5-week Summer Term for high schoolers, a two week backpacking trip for middle schoolers, and a variety of adult programs including wilderness medicine and avalanche awareness training. HMI also partners with Full Circle each summer to offer a free, week-long backpacking program for LCHS 7th and 8th graders.