June 16, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Let's make this a summer of learning


---- — School is out for the summer! Now what do you do to help keep your young child on track for school next year?

Summer has always been a time of family fun and rest for the mind of a young child, with swimming, playing, camping and visiting friends. How do you keep your child from forgetting all they learned in school and getting the dreaded “summer slide”?

There are many things for young children to do over the summer that support learning and still having fun! Local libraries have great summer programs that include informative and fun programs, crafts and reading incentives. Signing your child up at a local library will not only ensure continued learning, but make it fun, too.

The Reading Railroad will continue our Literacy Centers at the Logansport and Walton libraries this summer. Camp Kindergarten will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Logansport Public Library, and 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays at the Walton Public Library. All young children are encouraged to participate with their parents!

The centers will be full of hands-on activities that prepare young children for Kindergarten. Younger children are encouraged to attend, as well. Along with fun activities, a snack is provided each week. Parents work alongside their child and learn how to be their child’s first and most important teacher. If you aren’t able to make it to Camp Kindergarten with your child this summer, there are many other learning opportunities at home. Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to foster a love of learning. Time spent reading to a young child is invaluable to their future successes in school and in life. You can also come up with many fun activities that cost nothing to prepare. How about preparing a scavenger hunt or sitting and drawing a picture of a favorite trip? These are great opportunities for children to learn new vocabulary and spend quality time with parents.Young children love spending time with family and friends. Play dates at the park, swimming lessons and having friends over for a sleepover is what summer is all about. Incorporating learning into any of these activities is easy and inexpensive with a little creativity. If you aren’t sure how to turn an activity into a learning experience, check out our website for lots of great ideas at

Enjoy the days ahead with your child. Time flies in the summer! If you have any questions, please call at 574-753-3533 or email me at

Rena Sterrett