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Winter Break Activities for Students of All Ages

School is out, and winter break is here! Don’t let boredom get you (or your child down) this holiday season. Check out these ideas for students of all ages and levels.

Preschool:

– Help bake cookies.
– Build a fort.
– Read your favorite book.
– Write a letter to a friend.
– Create a holiday craft.
– Stop by the library for activities, story-time, or to pick out some books together
Additional ideas
 

Elementary School:

– Play a board game with family
Make your own board game, and play it with family
– Write a poem about Christmas
Participate in winter indoor fun activities
Conduct science experiments
– Cut paper snowflakes & make DIY decorations
Make a magazine collage
Make a lava lamp
– Bake cookies
– Create a gingerbread house
Read and discuss a book
Go on an alphabet hunt
Create a snowman snow globe
Go on a neighborhood photo safari
Ring in the new year with STEM activities
Additional ideas
Even more ideas
And more ideas
 

Middle School:

Indoor activities
– Make ornaments
Try STEAM or STEM activities
– Make a gingerbread house (and possibly enter a local contest)
– Create your own Christmas cards, and distribute them
Conduct science experiments
Ring in the new year with STEM activities
Additional ideas
 

High School:

– Host a party with friends & DIY decorate
– Organize a holiday gift exchange
Read a holiday novel
– Have a Christmas movie marathon
Participate in indoor activities and workouts
– Clean out your closet, and donate items to the less fortunate
– Read Christmas books to kids (ex. family, library, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club)
– Work on college plans/applications
– Look into jobs
– Search for scholarships
– Throw a friend’s New Year’s Eve party
 

College:

– Learn to cook
Try your hand at baking
– Make goals for the new year, and set a plan for achieving them
– Try new restaurants
– Make DIY gifts for personalized presents
– Give your room a makeover
– Clean out your room and donate items, to the less fortunate
– Road trip
– Catch up with old friends or friends from home
– Host an epic New Year’s Eve get-together
Additional ideas
Even more ideas
 

Ideas for all ages:

– Visit a museum:

Explorations V, Polk Museum of Art, Mulberry Phosphate Museum, Polk County History Center, MOSI, Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, The Dali Museum, Ringling Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Online museums

– Volunteer

Library, nursing home, hospital, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, community center, church or nonprofit, toy and canned-food drives, holiday events
Local volunteer ideas
Additional local volunteer ideas

– Ride around looking at Christmas lights while playing a scavenger hunt game
– Visit a park
– Stop by a local attraction

Bok Tower, The Orlando Eye, theme parks, shows, movies, ice skating, etc.

Check out holiday events
Make a 2015 time capsule with memorable items from the year.
 
 

Gear Up For a Summer of Success

Summer break has arrived! While many think of summer as a time when studies come to a halt and unbridled fun takes over, for us at the Learning Resource Center, it’s a period where knowledge, learning, application, and mastery are in full effect. We believe that learning can be enjoyable and that the summer months are a perfect opportunity for growth and educational gains, making it a great time to keep the pace going.

 

Join us this summer in a program that fits your needs or the needs of your child. Choose from our summer schedule below.

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One-to-One Tutoring

One-to-One Tutoring is designed to meet each student’s individual academic needs based upon his/her learning styles and ability levels. Tutoring Services include: One-to-one instruction with a highly qualified teacher; multi-sensory learning strategies geared toward individual learning styles; improvement of student’s academic achievement; enhancement of student’s self-esteem to improve school success; flexible schedules and locations; fee reduction based on family income.

LRC offers a wide variety of programs and services for individualized instruction including:

Elementary:

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Spelling and Phonics
  • Written Language and Handwriting
  • Achievement Test Preparation

Middle and High School:

  • English and Intensive Reading
  • Math – Basic Math through Calculus
  • Foreign Languages
  • Science – Basic Sciences through Physics
  • Social Studies/ History
  • Study Skills
  • FCAT Tutoring
  • Test Prep for ACT and SAT

Who: Students K-Adult

When: Year-round

Where: Tutoring may take place at any of the following locations: LRC, public library, school (with permission from principal), local business, church, tutor’s home, etc.

Cost: Fee reduction based on family income

Register: CHILD ENROLLMENT FORMS
ADULT ENROLLMENT FORMS
Please note that registration is not complete until the advance fee deposit has been paid. As LRC is a non-profit, United Way agency, all fees are calculated based on the gross, annual, household income. Please call LRC (863-688-9477)to find out what your advance fee deposit will be.

Camp READY!

This successful summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment. These camps are funded through the generosity of GiveWell Foundation, United Way of Central Florida, and Disney.

Who: Students entering or repeating Kindergarten in August 2015.

When: June 15-July 31, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (four weeks per location). Dates vary by site. Please see below.

Where:  Frostproof (Frostproof Church of God) June 15-July 10
Lake Wales (First United Methodist Church) June 15-July 10
Ft. Meade (Help of Ft. Meade – Gause/Riverside) June 29-July 24
Winter Haven (Winter Haven PEP Center) June 29-July 24
Haines City (New Horizon Church) June 29-July 24
North Lakeland (Family Fundamentals) July 6-July 31
South Lakeland (St. David’s Episcopal Church) July 6-July 31
Bartow (Asbury United Methodist Church) July 6-July 31
Poinciana (Loughman Oaks Elementary) July 7-August 4

Cost: $25.00 (If financial need is documented, scholarships are available.)

Download your 2015 Camp READY! brochure

 

Super Summer Success

Super Summer Success builds confident, successful students through time-tested best practices! Students will enjoy high interest, hands-on lessons; explore math through writing and drawing; engage in cooking and creative art projects; create make-and-take projects on key ideas; reinforce skills through interaction and review; savor brain-healthy snacks to keep energy up. LRC’s commitment to your child’s success ensures that your student will receive quality instruction from certified, highly qualified teachers in a small group setting (no more than 10 students per class).

Who: Students who have completed grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

When: June 15-July 9, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: Highland City Elementary, 5355 S.E. 9th Street Highland City, FL 33803

Cost: 395.00*
*Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

Study Habits of Successful Students provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 6-8 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies. The course is designed to offer small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.

Lessons include:

Get Motivated
Listen Up and Take Notes!
Set Goals to Achieve
Read Actively
Manage Your Time
Become Test-Wise

Who: Students in grades 6-8

When: Summer Course, July 13 – July 17, 2015                                                        Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where:  Learning Resource Center 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803

*Cost: $145.00                                                                                                                                   * Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

Get the Competitive Edge…College Success Planning…Grades 9th-12th

College Success Planning provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 9-12 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies, as well as concrete techniques to get the competitive edge necessary for high school and college. The course offers small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.

Lessons include:
Building Memory and Test-Taking Skills
Planning for Success
Reading and Note-Taking with a Purpose
Making Successful Transitions
Time Management
…And Other Essential Study Skills

Who: Students in grades 9-12
When: July 13 – July 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Learning Resource Center 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803

Cost: $145.00 *                                                                                                                       * Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

 

ACT Test Prep

The ACT preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: small classes with highly-trained teachers; problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions; practice taking ACT tests; emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.

Who: Students in grades 9-12

When: July 20-July 24, 2015, Monday-Friday
Monday-Thursday (Math/Science)
July 20-23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday (English/Reading)
July 20-23, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 24
Writing, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland

Cost: 440.00* for all subjects or $195 for Math/Science; $195 for English/Reading; $65 for Writing (includes ACT book)
*Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

SAT Test Prep

The SAT preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the SAT. This course provides: small classes with highly-trained teachers; problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering SAT questions; practice taking SAT tests; emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.
* Cost of course includes the SAT book.

Who: Students in grades 9-12

When: July 27-July 31, 2015, Monday-Friday
Monday-Thursday
Math: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Critical Reading: 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday
Writing: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland

Cost: 440.00* for three courses or $195 for Math; $195 for Critical Reading; $65 for Writing (includes SAT book)
*Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

For more information, please call the Learning Resource Center at 863-688-9477.