Go beyond the screen and foster fun, learning engagement this summer!

In part one, we began the conversation on the importance of learning engagement with your little one, beginning with embarking on educational journies right here in DC! We’ll continue with more things you can do with your child this summer to stay engaged and excited about learning. 

At Community Education Research Group, child engagement is crucial in and out of the classroom! Find more ways to get your child out and engaged in today’s post.

Additional Educational Opportunities For Preschoolers!

Rock Creek Park

This is a great way to get active with your little one and explore over 1,674 acres and peruse the nature center for ranger-led educational programs.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Explore African-American history in a vibrant museum that speaks to inclusion, injustice, and tolerance. This is also a free museum but it’s a popular spot in DC, so getting timed entry tickets may be your best option.

We could go on and on about things to do with your preschooler in DC, truly, it’s worth a search. And, there are so many things to do that don’t always involve having to go out to a museum — sometimes the best learning and engagement can be had in your own neighborhood!

Read, read, read!

Reading is the perfect tool to help keep your child engaged over the summer. Implement it into their day so it becomes a part of their routine. It could be quiet morning reading where they’re able to pick out a book and look through it in bed before they get up for the day or you could spend time in the evening before bed reading together. 

Reading opportunities are everywhere and not just reserved for books. While you’re out and about, take turns reading signs and even restaurant menus. 

The library also makes the perfect summertime oasis for reading and learning. They oftentimes have special programs and activities for kids and it’s a great environment to relax and pick out new books to read at home for the week. 

Incorporate Math

The fundamentals of math start early, and it’s never too early! You can do the most basic of things such as counting items in the grocery cart or counting out the money to pay the cashier. Math is everywhere and when you incorporate positive experiences and real-world math problems, they can begin to see the bigger picture and stay better engaged.  

Write!

If you have a preschooler, they may not be to the point where they themselves are writing but you can help develop their fine motor skills by writing out cards or letters to friends and family members, and have them trace your writing. 

You can also involve your child in creating a journal or a short story where, together, you talk about what you did that day or embark on a story where they can use all their imagination and create the plot and characters. 

Learning is not just in the classroom — learning happens everywhere! Get your child involved this summer by fostering learning opportunities in outings, reading, math, and writing! 

If you’re ready to enroll your child in DC’s premier preschool and early childhood education center, reach out today!