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Expert tips for summer enrichment learning | CAHS Media Hub | Pro Club Bd

Every child is unique in their abilities, strengths and interests. With so many online learning options and academic programs available for purchase, it can be overwhelming to decide how best to support your children and their continued learning during the summer months.

Stephanie Lorenze and Ashley Martucci, Service Associate Professors at the College of Applied Human Sciences, School of Education, offered a guide to summer enrichment opportunities.

Continue reading. Encourage your child to keep reading during the summer months and make them comfortable. Have them choose books, magazines, comics, or other sources on any topic that interests them. You can have them read alone, read to you, read and discuss the same book, or borrow an audio book from the library to listen to together. When they read, try not to be picky about what they read.

Encourage your child to design, build and create. Provide your child with the time, space, and materials to produce unique texts, experiments, inventions, art, music, performances, and more. These opportunities often lead to problem-solving skills and perseverance. You can take it a step further and become a young entrepreneur if you share or sell your design or product with others.

Find a way to serve others or the community. Talk to your child about what they see around them, in their community, or in their school. Spend time observing in a neighborhood park or by a creek. Develop a plan focused on improving or helping that space or its people. Consider inviting others to join you and put the plan into action. Then repeat.

Talk about math together. Math is something we all do, but it’s also something we can observe and talk about. During your summer, challenge your child to notice the different ways they experience and interact with math. Talk about counting change in the supermarket line, ask your child how far the hike they are on is, ask them to see patterns in numbers or patterns, or notice how many triangles find it on your evening walk. Then ask why. Have your child explain what they are thinking. Include older children in your conversations as well.

Spend time outdoors. The outdoor area can be used for unstructured play or as a study space. Encourage your child to be outside where they can develop games, work with friends, and exercise. Encourage your child to notice things in nature and to ask questions. Consider taking a walk with your child to connect the outdoors with your child’s learning. Look for different nature objects to sort, build obstacle courses or use them as part of a mosaic. Add chalk or paint and you can create chess boards or rock paintings. They can use the outdoor materials as part of their design to build and create work.

Grow something. A garden is an extension of the learning space. It’s an easy way to connect with nature and the environment. Use a small planter or a small area of ​​land. Let your child decide what he likes to eat and build it up. From the outside, use the bricks to create plant plaques with a picture of the plant or the plant’s name. Encourage your child to explore trial and error in the garden. What if you water one plant every day but the next one every other day? What if they stake this plant but not this one? Leave the watering and weeding to your child. Most importantly – have fun and get messy.

Write. Write a letter to a family member who lives in another state, or create a pen pal. On your journey, grab a postcard and let your child send it to a friend. Is your child exploring writing? Grab a brush and a bucket of water so they can write on a wall or floor. Take photos and have your child write captions for the pictures and put them in a book. Make your child responsible for writing or drawing pictures of the grocery list. Does your child want to buy a toy or ask for a later bedtime? Have them write a letter convincing you why they should be allowed to do this.

Discover free activities in your community. Go to the library and get a library card. Discover the free activities in the library (story-telling, activities for teenagers). In the Morgantown area, visit the WV Botanic Garden to explore. Check out the free music series in your community. Visit local parks and have a picnic. Walk, run or bike along the Rail Trail. Face a cooking challenge with only the food you have at home. Try camping in your backyard. Let your child lead the activities for a day. Eating ice cream for lunch or playing outside in your pajamas are examples of creative minds.

Eat a meal together. Make time for a meal together without cell phones. Eating together can promote communication, teach eating etiquette, and encourage better eating habits. It’s time to stop and talk about the day. Questions can range from “guess the ingredients for dinner tonight” to “if you could go anywhere in the world, where would it go?”. Let your children ask you questions to show that you appreciate and respect them. Let your child help with cooking, setting the table, serving or cleaning up. This makes them an active part of the family meal.

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