Parent Tips for Summer Learning

Try these ideas to help your child continue to learn this summer and get rid of the summer learning loss blues.

Trips to the Library. There are a variety of exciting books at the Fresno County Public Library just waiting for children and youth to discover. Ask about summer reading programs. Consider combining a story about animals with a trip to the Chaffee Zoo, or a story about astronomy with a visit to the amazing Downing Planetarium (open to the public) at Fresno State University.

Visit the San Joaquin River Parkway River Center. Find out more about free or low cost workshops, activities, nature trails, and educational programs on the beautiful San Joaquin River by calling 248-8480.

Tour Local Museums. Local museums teach us about art, history and cultural heritages. Uncover rich learning experiences by visiting the Fresno Art Museum, Artes Americas, African American Historical and Cultural Museum, Meux Home, Discover Center, Veterans Memorial Museum, Armenian Museum of Fresno, Hmong Cultural Heritage Center, and Forestiere Underground Gardens.

Baseball + Math. A baseball game, or other sport, is a great opportunity for math learning at any age. Transform your child into a scorekeeper of individual or team stats for summer math practice. Your girls don’t like baseball? Cooking or shopping can become mathematical opportunities too.

More summer ideas:

  • Set a reading goal for your child, such as completing five books. Offer a reward for completion.
  • Use vacations and outings as opportunities to learn and explore. Pick up a few location facts before you go, then play a “Did You Know?” game.
  • Create outdoor adventures with hikes, hunts and races that offer recreation, creativity and learning.
  • Incorporate technology by checking out fun online learning sites such as thinkfinity.org, quizhub.com, funbrain.com or scholastic.com.
  • Get creative and use dinner time or down time at home for learning and discussion. Ask questions about food groups, history, measurements around the house, what’s in the latest magazine, and other inquiries that spark casual learning conversation.

For more information about summer learning activities, call 326-2075.