The summer enrichment at-home program is a 4-week, academically focused enrichment program for students who have recently completed grades 1-6. The program will connect students with short, engaging video lessons in core subjects and elective classes, along with providing fun online activities to explore academic and non-academic interests. We believe that now, more than ever, students need access to learning opportunities to prepare for the next academic year and overcome barriers presented by distance learning and recent school closures. We hope to make this program accessible to all students regardless of individual circumstances or barriers to learning.
While past years’ summer enrichment programs have taken place at Southside Baptist Church, due to COVID-19 and out of concern for the health of students and families, we have moved the program to a digital format, and the program will not take place in person. While nothing can truly do justice to a hands-on, interactive learning environment, we hope to provide students with an opportunity to engage their minds over the summer and to equip them for future challenges in school and beyond.
We hope to tap into each child’s “pH factor, or “purpose and hope” factor. God has a purpose for each child’s life, which involves the influences and challenges he or she faces through education. In times such as this, we want to remind children that regardless of uncertainty toward the future, recognizing their unique God-given gifts is key to hoping toward and creating a brighter future.
The program will begin the week of June 29th and end July 24th.
The weeks will be arranged as follows:
- Week 1: June 29-July 3
- Week 2: July 6-10
- Week 3: July 13-17
- Week 4: July 20-24
HOW WILL THE PROGRAM BE CONDUCTED?
The program will take place in two formats to accommodate students’ individual needs.
FOR STUDENTS WITH RELIABLE INTERNET AND DEVICE ACCESS:
The program will be conducted in a digital format via Google Classroom for those who register. Learning materials will consist of the following:
- Brief weekly instructional videos in math, science, and reading taught by students and recent graduates of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, the #6 ranked public high school in the nation.
- Practice materials to accompany each weekly lesson
- Weekly elective classes for students to explore various activities such as computer science, creative writing, and history
- Assigned mentors (for each student that requests a mentor upon registration) to assist with coursework and provide individual support to students
FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT RELIABLE INTERNET OR DEVICE ACCESS:
The program will be delivered to students in DVD format. Students will receive the following:
- Contact information for a mentor if requested
- Practice materials delivered weekly by mail to aid students in the learning process
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO INTERNET OR A DEVICE?
As stated above, we will do our best to make sure the student is not disadvantaged by lack of resources by providing paper materials and DVD instruction.
HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST? WHY REGISTER?
This year’s program will be completely FREE to all families. Videos will be available to access via YouTube but students must register to receive resources such as:
- Free mentoring
- Access to supplementary learning materials (games, worksheets, quizzes, etc.)
- DVDs/printed worksheets for those without internet/device access
If a student is not registered, he or she will not be able to access assignments on Google classroom, have access to a mentor or be provided supplementary materials.
WILL THE CLASSES BE ON A SCHEDULE?
A student will receive all assignments/video lessons at the beginning of a week and have the entire week to finish all work.
DO STUDENTS HAVE TO COMPLETE ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS/PRACTICE MATERIALS?
By using Google classroom, we can monitor student progress and check back with students to gauge their understanding of each topic. It is not required that students finish all assignments, but we strongly recommend students attempt all activities to strengthen their understanding of the content.
WHAT IF THE STUDENT CANNOT PARTICIPATE FOR THE ENTIRE PROGRAM?
You can still register! We are committed to helping students learn over the summer to any extent possible.