Ethelyn Sharpe- PEN Parent Educator out of Cheyenne
I personally thought summer would NEVER come (I am not a cold weather person), but it did arrive and it has been glorious!
Our community offers so many activities in the summer, many of them free, that sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do! We have concerts at the Depot, Movies in the Park, presentations at the Library and Botanic Gardens. Our Farmer’s Market started last Saturday and of course, the “Daddy of Them All”, Cheyenne Frontier Days.
So many great opportunities for families to get out, get some fresh air and maybe learn something new. What does your community offer, and have you take advantage of those opportunities? If not, there’s a couple of weeks left before school starts, get out and find something fun to do!
Natalie Pique- PEN Outreach Liaison Casper Area
Ahhh…summertime! Summertime at our household means baseball games most nights, motocross races most weekends, and bike rides & swimming at the pool at the end of our street during the long days. My family looks forward to summer and all the fun that it brings…as well as the less stringent schedule that we keep during the school year. That being said, I have always tried to “sneak” in a little education & learning activities to alleviate the loss experienced with three months off from school. The easiest way that I have found is to sign my kids up for the local summer reading program at the library. This program offers incentives such as baseball tickets, ice cream tokens, and free pool passes in exchange for a reading log with recorded minutes of reading. Another way is to look for educational camps such as Astronomy Camp or the multiple Science Camps offered in our area. My most favorite learning/reading activity that has proved very successful with both of my children is to choose a book that we read together for at least 20 minutes a night. This summer, Jake (my 10 year old) chose Harry Potter. It is so much fun to spend time with him this way…even when I am tired and grumpy, to see him excited about what will happen next always makes my day! There are so many ways to keep kids in “learning mode” during the summer, whether it’s cooking, gardening, or having kids set up a Kool-Aid stand (math & money management skills)! Happy Summer!