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How to keep your preschooler learning in summertime

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(KUTV) It's summer, the time of pool parties and playing in the park, as well as looking forward to preschool.

Moms and Dads sometimes wonder what they can do to help their preschooler continue learning over the summer. Terri Mitchell From the Canyons School District joined us in the studio today with some tips for parents about how to make learning fun for kids during the summer months.

QUESTION: SHOULD PARENTS CONTINUE STORY TIME DURING THE SUMMER?

ANSWER: Absolutely - even though it's summer, we can continue learning. Now is a perfect time for parents and grandparents and even older siblings to sit down, maybe in the shade of a tree at a park, and read books with their preschool-age children in their family. Perhaps you could even make a goal with your preschooler to "read" 20 new books over the summer. You can discuss the pictures and discuss what the characters might be feeling as they progress through the story.

HOW CAN PARENTS MAKE REGULAR OUTINGS LEARNING EXPERIENCES?

ANSWER: Summer is a great time to get outdoors and get learning. If your family likes nature walks or visits parks or takes bike rides around the neighborhood, perhaps you could take a small sack to collect some of the things you find. You could collect leaves or rocks - anything that catches the child's interest. Then you can look up things about their collection. The children could even make a simple collage with their collections.

HOW ABOUT EVERYDAY TASKS LIKE COOKING?

ANSWER: Just like adults, children learn by doing. Baking cookies or cakes can be a learning experience that will help a child as they go to school. Talk about the measurement of items, how many stirs are needed, consistency. There's could be a lot of vocabulary development with these kinds of activities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CANYONS DISTRICT PRESCHOOL

This year, Canyons has added an additional site for preschool at Oakdale Elementary, which will have preschool this fall.

Programs also are at Altara, Butler, Jordan Valley, Quail Hollow and Willow Springs elementary schools.

In addition to serving students needing special education services free of cost, schools with space for tuition-paying students have morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning sessions are 8:20-10:50 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 11:30-2 p.m.

Students can enroll in a two- or four-days-a-week program. Cost is $70 for two days a week; and $140 for four days a week.

There is no fee associated with the Title I programs, which are held four days a week. Students must live within the boundaries of the schools to attend the programs, which are held 8:45-11:25 a.m. and 12:40-3:20 p.m. These are at Midvale, Copperview, East Midvale and Sandy elementary schools.

Questions? Call the CSD Early Childhood Development Department at 801-826-5112.

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