Summer Fun: Little Free Libraries, Born Learning Trail provide activities

By STAFF REPORTS,

“I’m bored!”

One of the most dreaded phrases of summer vacation…

But worry not, parents! There are several summer activities in our area that will squash those unbearable words, and provide fun, educational experiences for the whole family!  

Why not pack a picnic lunch and visit one of the five parks that have a Born Learning Trail?

These interactive trails contain signs with instructions for simple games that will turn an excursion at the park into learning adventures for young children.

The trail’s theme of Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! encourages parents and caregivers to follow the child’s lead, building his or her curiosity and confidence, and reinforces learning opportunities in everyday life.

What’s more, the trails connect classroom learning and physical activity to support language advancement, social skills and brain development, all while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The recreation doesn’t stop there. United Way SEMS and its Education Advisory Council have put together a Summer Activity Calendar for the entire month of June. These daily tasks range from active learning, free events or outings, and some even have yummy incentives!  You can find a printable version of the calendar at unitedwaysems.org/smartsummer.

That’s not all, folks! Rain or shine, community libraries are stacked with unique summer events and programs! Find out what cool stuff the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County is doing at hattlibrary.com. With branches in Oak Grove, Sumrall,

Lumberton and Purvis, the Lamar County Library System has something for everyone. Take a look at their summer line up at lamarcountylibraries.org.

Add to your families summer plans by providing kids with the opportunity to engage and learn. They’ll be having so much fun they won’t even realize the impact, like:

• Minimizing or eliminating learning loss – The regression that may occur during prolonged breaks from school.

• Maintaining and improving motor skills – Children with special needs may regress when not participating in therapy and physical education classes.

• Staying fit and strengthening coordination – Build muscles, endurance and fight childhood obesity.

• Creating new life experiences and memories – Children with more background knowledge have better reading comprehension.

• Using multi-sensory learning skills – These capture your child’s interest while using touch, movement, sound, and sight to promote learning.

However you choose to beat summer boredom, remember that every experience can be a learning experience. For more information, tips and ideas about summer activities, visit untiedwaysems.org/smartsummer.