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Think Summer -- Learning in the Out of School Time

posted Apr 19, 2016, 2:12 PM by Brenda Williams
June, July and August can be a glorious period of free time for students, teachers and learning programs. These summer days and months can also seem to have endless hours of boredom. Finding a balance of things to do that enrich an individual and promote learning experiences makes summer time a successful period for personal growth, as opposed to being known as the summer slide; referring to a loss of school skills when they are not being used on a regular basis. Pequot Lakes Community Education has a wide variety of summer opportunities for you to consider.

Preschool aged children can participate in Safety Kids, Ready Set Go – summer fun preschool day camp for ages 4 to 6, or Kinder Camp – transitions to Kindergarten in August. Registration is open for the fall School Readiness and Learning Is Fun classes. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes will be posted at the end of July for fall registration. Back to school open house will take place in August.

School aged children can choose from options like Youth Sports golf; Youth Sports summer ball; golf at Wildwedge; swim lessons; young performer’s day camp; Spanish for grades K-2 and grades 3-6; Lynch basketball camp for ages 8 to 15; summer fun with Denise for ages 5 to 8; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps such as Lego Engineering, Video Game Design, Star Wars – Jedi Movie Making, Extreme Robotics; and Art - youth day camp or a summer camp with Amber.

Kid Konnection, the school age child care (SACC) program for students who are in Kindergarten through grade 6, is open all summer. Kid Konnection is offered from 7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday at Eagle View. Kid Konnection includes once a week field trip outings and also works with the Pequot Lakes library summer reading program. Children who are entering Kindergarten may enroll in Kid Konnection during the summer months.

Adults can use summer as a learning time, too. There are Driver Improvement classes offered in July and August.

Check out the summer Pequot Lakes Community Theater production of “A Year with Frog and Toad.” This delightful story of friendship follows the adventures of the pair through one year of life. Performances are planned for July 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm. There is a July 9th 2:00 pm matinee show with an opportunity for children to receive a free copy of the A Year with Frog and Toad book through a partnership with the Pequot Lakes Library. Watch for details.

Learning is a life-long process. Summer is an excellent time to try new experiences, meet new friends in one of the activities and find some great ways to achieve personal growth. Start your learning journey with Pequot Lakes Community Education today.

Have skills to share? We would love to have you lead a class or program for others to attend, too. We need you for the learning team; TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More. To find out more about any of these opportunities, go to the Pequot Lakes school website www.isd186.org select Departments and Programs, then click on Community Education, where you will be able to view the complete Community Education Guide to Classes and Activities, fill out a registration form and make an online payment for classes. Give us a call at 218-568-9200 if you have questions or would like to join the teaching team.

-- Julie Despot, Community Education Director
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