2017 Summer Activities

Summer Exploring: Explore Learning as a Family

Young children learn best by exploring their environment. They use their five senses to investigate and learn new concepts and words. Exploring nature and playing at home help your child continue developing language as well as science, math and literacy concepts all summer. Interacting with family and friends while enjoying fun activities adds to your child's social-emotional development. Visiting libraries, museums, beaches, lakes and parks opens doors to new discoveries and extends learning.

Explore ways to learn at home and in your community. Reading to your child, discovering science and math concepts together, and exploring nature will help your child develop physically and mentally. Get daily tips from the Vroom app to help your child learn all summer long. EXPLORE TO EXTEND LEARNING 

Clocks, scales, measuring cups and many other items in your home can help your child learn new math concepts over the summer. Everyday routines provide practice in matching, counting, recognizing numbers, measuring, sorting, comparing, adding and subtracting. EXPLORE MATH EVERYWHERE

Summer is a good time for young children to learn science concepts. They learn while having fun with water, cooking with parents, building with blocks or Legos, flying kites at the beach, talking about weather, looking at insects, and discovering the plants and animals around them. EXPLORE EVERYDAY SCIENCE

Books, stories, songs and rhymes let children discover the value of words. Talking to your child during the day from birth helps him learn words and what they mean before he can talk. Nursery rhymes build vocabulary. Visit libraries and bookstores to see different types of books. Read together every day to instill a love of reading.  EXPLORE LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS Free time outdoors lets your child discover nature's wonder and awe. In your own yard, at a park or on a trip, nature experiences help your child understand the value of plants, animals and people. Learning about the world around them helps children learn new words, concepts and skills. 

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