Summer Soar

Summer can be the BEST time to learn and grow as a family. We've developed 8 perfect playlists that focus on games and activities that your family will love doing together. Watch the quick video and see your summer learning soar!

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Week 1: Make this a summer of memorable adventures!

Did you know that creative drawing reduces stress, improves memory, and strengthens observation skills? Why not try creating something with your child this week? Remember that creating is more about the process than the final result. There are no grades, so try one of these fun games and enjoy some laughs while exploring your artistic side with your child!

Week 2: Playing well with others is a winning combination!

Whether your child has a sibling, cousin, neighbor, or friend, there will always be a chance to practice working together to solve a problem. This week, we've got several examples of ways to turn everyday problems into opportunities for learning empathy and collaboration. See how your family can create a win-win for everyone!

Week 3: Captivate your child's imagination with stories and books!

Want to captivate your child's attention? Tell a STORY! Share a funny story from your own childhood or a special memory about your child. Head to your local library and find some books with stories that interest you both. Make time for telling stories and enjoying books. You will expand your child's imagination and vocabulary and create a magical summer to remember!

Week 4: Move, Play, Learn!

Physical activities such as running, throwing, jumping, and climbing help your child develop gross (large) motor skills in the arm, leg, and trunk muscles. When children have plenty of time to playfully MOVE, they are better able to listen, concentrate, and release stress. This week's activities are so fun that you will find it hard not to move too!

Week 5: Be creative this week! Your brain and heart will thank you!

Did you know that creative drawing reduces stress, improves memory, and strengthens observation skills? Why not try creating something with your child this week? Remember that creating is more about the process than the final result. There are no grades, so try one of these fun games and enjoy some laughs while exploring your artistic side with your child!

Week 6: Take learning with you wherever you go!

Time in the car, bus, train, or plane can be special, but it can also be stressful! No worries! We've got simple ideas that don't require any materials for you to take advantage of those moments together.

Week 7: Get ready for GAME time!

Take advantage of the long summer days to play games as a family. So many skills are developed like taking turns, managing emotions when winning or losing, language skills, math skills, etc. But, that's not the main reason to play! Play these games because they're FUN, and who can't use some more laughs in the day?

Week 8: Cook up some fun in your kitchen this week!

There's a place in your home that's the perfect lab for experimenting with literacy, math, science, and social skills. Where? It's your KITCHEN! Whether you are reading a recipe, measuring ingredients, or just sharing stories about your day as you wash the dishes, the kitchen is a wonderful place for creating rituals and routines that strengthen your family.

Week 9: What has been your favorite summer memory? Write it down!

How will your family remember this summer? Take some time to talk about your favorite summer memories and write them down together. Check out these ways for your child to create a written record of this summer that can be enjoyed both now and in the future!

Week 10: "Back to school" season is here, and you need a plan!

The start of school can be a big adjustment for families: waking up earlier, getting dressed for school, packing the backpack, etc. Having a plan can make for a happier, healthier time for everyone. Check out these simple ways to make routines part of your family's plan for a great "back to school" season!

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