Summer Learning Day: 4 Ways to Stay Engaged
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With the kids getting out of school, and summer season starting, you may wish to consider some formalized learning activities or programs during the summer months for your kids. Summer Learning Day is designed to spread awareness about the importance of summer programs that promote kids’ developmental growth, while intending to keep them safe and healthy. You can check out an event map that lists activities throughout the country, or look into what federal agencies, such as those highlighted below, have to offer regarding opportunities to leverage educational content into summer learning.
- Engage in science: You and your kids can check out the themed units that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers to engage kids in activities focused on life sciences, physical science, earth and space science, and engineering. These units facilitate promotion of a greater connection to NASA’s mission and its educational resources.
Weather and Oceanography
- Learn more about our climate, the water cycle, or ocean currents: Your kids may find topics that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focused on—topics, such as the weather, ocean currents, and climate monitoring—of interest this summer. Resources that include real-time data and ecosystem impacts may encourage your kids’ engagement and learning.
Agriculture and Resource Conservation
- Find out more about agriculture and related topics: Your kids may be inclined towards various subjects related to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)—agricultural research, plant health, food and nutrition, farming, food safety, forestry, and natural resources conservation. USDA offers youth-geared information and resources on these topics.
- Become a National Park Service Junior Ranger: The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity-based program conducted in almost all parks. Interested youths complete a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate.
These are a few if the educational opportunities for your kids this summer that can facilitate kids’ interest in various fields and promote learning in a fun-filled environment.
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Last Modified: 12/01/2015