Summer is fast approaching, and with it the excitement of a break from school. Research has shown that summer learning loss can be significant, and parents sometimes wonder how they can keep their children engaged and learning over summer.
Below are some ideas for Winnipeg-based summer fun – some are numeracy focused, some are literacy focused, some are just plain fun and engaging. Sometimes with parents’ desire to structure their children’s summer time the concept of “just being” (unstructured time for play, thought, fun) is neglected – encouraging time for lack of structure is just as important! That being said, here are some ideas for parents – most of them free – for summer fun and learning.
Theatre+ Arts Pass: The Theatre+ Arts Pass “can be borrowed through select branches of the Winnipeg Public Library. Passes are available the first of every month (or when the Library is next open), and are first-come, first-served. All you need is a Winnipeg Public Library card! At this time, each Pass is eligible for complimentary tickets to one theatre production of your choice, from the partner organizations: Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Cercle Molière, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Sarasvàti Productions and Shakespeare in the Ruins, Manitoba Theatre for Young People.”
Each pass is good for a limited number of tickets. Click this link for a list of branches and current Theatre+ Arts options!
Teen Summer Reading Club: All online, all through the Winnipeg Public Library, all free – weekly prize packs, reading club, events, photography, so much for teens! Check it out!
Everything’s Free!: This 2014 spring/summer guide is every parent’s dream – a collection of everything in Winnipeg that’s free! Some highlights trapped within this guide (and there are dozens and dozens of opportunities):
1. Youth Action Centres – ages 11+: basketball, volleyball, crafts, and more – and some are at Pembina Trails schools like Acadia, A.A.Leach, and Bairdmore! (p.20)
2. Free swims and spray pad info (p.20)
3. Youth fishing program (p.23)
MTYP Film and Theatre Camp for Aboriginal youth: MTYP offers many pay-per-use programming over the summer, however they specifically offer two film camps and one live theatre camp in August where “aboriginal youth may qualify to take these programs free of charge”. For more details click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Money Math: These days, people are using real money less and less. Financial literacy supports numeracy skills like flexibility in thinking, place value, and estimation. “Make it Count” is a great website for parents, giving ideas on how to teach children money math. (Aussi en français – “Faites que ça compte”)