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Learning During the Summer

Encourage your child to help you prepare meals for the family. Using a recipe to prepare foods, your child will learn to read and follow directions. Additionally, they will learn to measure ingredients for the recipe. By talking with your child you can talk about the ingredients and their role in the food that is being prepared. Through cooking, a child can see an ingredient go from a solid to a liquid to a gas. They will see changes in the foods they are preparing.

Science is all around us. In the summer time encourage your child to look at the area around them. Let them plant some seeds and watch them grow into a plant. Watch an insect as it flits from one flower to another. Help your child develop a curiosity about the things that one takes for granted.

There are many ways to encourage your child to explore the world. If your family is planning a vacation, encourage your child to write to the tourism bureau for information on the area you will visit. Involve the children in planning places to visit. What are the important things that happened in the area you will visit? What museums, homes, or historical sites would be worth a visit? Help your child locate the destination of the visit on a map. You can help your child find how far it is from home to where you are going.

Summertime does not need to be a time for a dull boring routine, but can be a time for exploring, for learning and for having fun. When children are actively involved in the learning process, they learn much more than when they are just told about a person, place, or thing.

A Chinese proverb says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a life time." If we give our children the tools that they need for learning, we can prepare them to learn for life.

Be an example for your children. Let them see you doing things that they can model throughout life. Provide them with opportunities to learn. Take time to answer their questions. If you don't know the answer, tell them and look for the answer together.

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