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Learning doesn't have to be just worksheets, it can be counting change at the grocery store, exploring a nature trail, or visiting your local library. Summer Learning Week is July 11-15 and we at YMCA of the Fox Cities is excited to share five ways you can keep your family learning all summer long!

Fostering Friendships

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.

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. Let imaginations run wild with amazing stories this summer. 

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. Studies have found that elements of wellness, such as hope and gratitude, improve academic performance! The Y helps foster theses feelings through programs such as youth sports. Teaching our core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, and Responsibility, and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for any age. 

Summer Skill-Building

Ready, Set, Succeed! Support a student in charting their course for success during and beyond high school. A summer job, internship, mentorship or plan to pursue higher education, sets our future leaders on a path to change the world. There is a world of opportunity! 

Amazing Arts

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 through classes the Y has to offer. Spark the imagination this summer to unlock the power of amazing arts.

These tips will make summer not only fly by, but also keep our youth engaged mentally and physically. Learning comes in all different shapes, so let their imagination fly!