May 30th, 2013
The 2012-2013 school is almost over, but the time for summer learning is just beginning! Recent studies show that children who do not actively participate in educational activities over the summer will experience a learning loss, also known as the “Summer Slide.” So while you plan for fun in the sun, remember to plan for summer learning, too. Kids who read in the summer beat the summer slide and the library is here to help! Fortunately, providing your child with opportunities to continue learning over the summer has never been easier; in fact, I’d say it’s as easy as 1,2,3!
1. Visit the local library and sign up for summer reading! It’s the perfect place to start when looking for ways to keep your child engaged in learning all summer long.
Responding to your child’s interests over the summer is essential to keeping them motivated, and what better way to do that than by bringing them to the library for our entertaining and educational summer programs.
And, don’t forget the books. Want to learn how to make an origami frog? We have a book for that. Want to explore the mysteries of Ancient Egypt? We have a book for that. Want to learn a new language? We have a book for that. Want to find a recipe for a delicious chocolate dessert? We have a book for that, too. No matter where your child’s interests lie, our librarians are delighted to locate books sure to stimulate your child’s desire to learn even more. Self-directed learning is a very powerful way for kids to grow their skills while having fun. Register your kids and teens (and yourself) for our summer reading programs to get rewards and enter for prizes!
2. Seek out all that our local community has to offer.
Go down on the farm to Walnut Springs Farm and make your way through a labyrinth of agriculturally based interactive learning stations; travel back in time with a trip to Mt. Harmon Plantation and learn about days gone by as you tour an 18th century manor house; visit Elk Neck State Park and hike out to the historic Turkey Point Lighthouse; or explore Plumpton Park Zoo to observe and learn about the many different animals who are living there. No matter which path you choose, learning is sure to follow. And, remember, this is but a few of the many local offerings to be found in Cecil County.
3. Take advantage of the learning that can take place without even leaving your home or neighborhood.
In the house…
• Try a new recipe and give your child the opportunity to practice math skills by weighing and measuring ingredients.
• Get creative and make up a new recipe. Write it down and share it with others.
• Go on a scavenger hunt to find patterns, letters, and numbers around the house.
• Make a map of a room in the house.
• Write a story, draw a picture, compose a poem. Plan a special night where everyone in the family shares their creative side.
• Our Pinterest Page is full of ideas for fun learning crafts and activities, as well as reading suggestions.
In the yard…
• Sit quietly and use your senses to explore the world around you. Make a list of things seen and heard, create a graph, draw a picture, or write a creative story.
• Go on a scavenger hunt.
• Use a guidebook to identify the plants, flowers, and insects found around the house.
• Learn a new game and teach it to friends, family, and neighbors.
In the neighborhood…
• Take a walk and count the number of blue cars, or windows on houses, or children playing outside.
• Use sidewalk chalk or wet sponges to practice writing letters and numbers or to practice spelling new words.
These are just a few ideas that will keep your child engaged in learning activities this summer. Click here for another post with even more ideas for fun things to do in Cecil County. What are your favorite ideas for keeping your child involved in learning all summer long?