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Ideas to Continue to Stimulate your Child's Mind Throughout the Summer

Every child looks forward to summer since normal routines relax a little when the heat is on. Let's face it - summertime is made for fun! Vacation season, later bedtimes and lots of fun things to do outdoors! At Lightbridge Academy our year-round curriculums take a break from the regular routine by adding in extra special visits from farm animals, magic shows, arts and crafts, and lots of water play days! The increased fun and increased heat doesn't mean you can't continue to stimulate your child's mind. Learning can be fun - we do it here every day with books, toys, music, and games to keep the learning going through play!

Here are a few of our tips and tricks to balance fun with learning all summer long:

Make reading fun
Find a place in your home to create a fun, relaxing reading nook. This is a great way to have a quiet space for you and your child to read together or a "private" place for your child to read and get lost in his or her own imagination. By experiencing stories at an early age, your child will develop their memory, concentration, language and problem-solving skills that will serve them well for the rest of their life. Reading can take them on adventures they may never experience in real life and spices up even a slow summer vacation season!

Be your child's playmate
Encourage make-believe play - it will open up a world of wonderful possibilities. Your child will develop social skills, emotional control, cognition, imagination and motor skills.

Call your child on a pretend phone and order two large pizzas. When your child brings you a pretend cup of tea, ask for a spoonful of sugar. Set a place for an imaginary friend at the dinner table. There are plenty of ideas out there to get your family's imagination flowing. No matter how you do it, nurturing your child's creative abilities will pack a powerful developmental punch that will last them a lifetime. You will be amazed with your child's ability to invent fun and creative props.

Beyond 'Twinkle Twinkle'
Throughout early childhood years, kids respond best to music when they actively experience it. Passive listening, like in the car, is good, but getting your child rocking, marching, clapping, and moving to the beat is best. Share songs with your child that go along with simple hand motions or dance moves, like "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "The Wheels on the Bus," or the "Hokey Pokey." Sing "The ABC Song" to help your child learn the alphabet or "There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly" to help with rhyming and memory. Research shows that children who play music or sing regularly do better in reading and math when they start grade school, have better focus and control of their bodies, and have higher self-esteem.

Old Fashioned Games
Put the electronics away for the day and try some old fashioned board games! You can even get creative and imitate some popular games on TV adjusting them to the appropriate age for your children. Try a few very simple stacking tasks that you complete side-by-side for one minute using a good old egg timer to announce when time's up! Try a family feud with a few simple questions about people, animals or places that your family visits. Team up with one adult and one child on each team and face off for some family trivia fun! Helping kids come up with fun questions and activities keeps the thinking going all summer long. Who says learning can't be fun?

Do you have fun, simple and stimulating ideas to keep your child's mind growing? We'd love to hear about them!


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