Summer Learning Week is July 10-14 and the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities is excited to share five ways you can keep your family learning all summer long!
The pandemic’s impact on youth has been startling, and the U.S. Surgeon General has raised a flag on young people’s mental health. The science of learning and development tells us that relationships are key for addressing trauma and helping kids thrive. Forging and fostering friendships over the summer can lead to limitless opportunities and cherished memories for young people. From Summer Camp to Youth Sports to Family Events, the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities provides many opportunities for kids and families to find new friends!
Love of Literacy & Learning
Reading is fun! It’s also critical to a child’s success in school, and in life. Empower children to immerse themselves in a literary adventure. It can take place anywhere, under a tree, in a makeshift tent or in a child’s favorite nook. The Y’s Summer Camp takes field trips to the local library to help children find a world of knowledge and imagination beyond what they may have at home or school.
Wonders of Wellness
Healthy bodies and healthy minds go hand-in-hand when it comes to learning. Summer is the perfect time to get children on their feet, moving and eating healthy. Participating in youth sports or summer camps is not only physically beneficial, but it also helps keep your mind healthy. Regular exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost mood.
Ready, Set, Succeed! Supporting children as they explore their interests is crucial to their development and growth. When children are encouraged to pursue their passions, they become more confident, curious, and engaged learners. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, adults can help children to explore their interests without fear of failure or judgment. This support can ultimately lead to the development of lifelong hobbies, skills, and passions that can bring fulfillment and joy throughout their lives. The Y’s Specialty Camps offer a great opportunity for kids to explore their interests while learning new skills.
Research confirms that the arts prepare students for school, life, and the workplace. With the right plan, summer can be the perfect canvas for creativity and self-expression through music, literature, dance, theater, visual arts and more. Spark the imagination this summer to unlock the power of amazing arts.