Mix it up this summer



School's out for the summer, but kids continue to learn - every day, in all types of situations. Sometimes all they need is a caring adult to listen to their stories and talk about what's going on in their lives.

There are concrete ways you can encourage learning, too. The most effective way is to provide the young people in your life with great books and time to read. Partners can help with that. Go to www.partnersforpubliced.org/reading for tips and age-appropriate book suggestions.

While you're at it, encourage kids to use their imaginations. Talk about the books they're reading. Ask them what they think about the characters or what might happen next. Invite them to pick up a pen and paper and write a story of their own.

Rainy days? Fear not. Partners for Public Education asked art, music, and theater teachers to suggest ways to inspire the creative side of children. Find great ideas to draw out that inner artist.

Don't forget that summer is also a time for kids to be kids. Your children work hard all year in school, in after-school and extracurricular activities, and at the dining room table toiling away at homework. Summer is a time for them to take a break, have some fun, play, run, and be free!

That goes for you, too. We all need a break every now and then, and your kids love spending time with you. Go for a hike or go to the movies. Play in the backyard. Cool off on a hot day with a dip in the pool or a lake. Go to a ball game.

Mix it up this summer. Give your kids options and let them choose. You may be pleasantly surprised just how much learning will take place when you're not paying attention.


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