The school year is over, and for many families that means pool parties, vacations and relaxation. And, while those are all wonderful and important parts of the summer, it is also critical to continue to mentally stimulate school-age children during the long layover between classes.
Studies have shown the "Summer Slide", an academic regression for children during non-school months, can have an impact on future learning. Reading, free online courses and playing board games are a few great ways to stimulate young minds until the upcoming school year. The Finger Lakes Region has an incredible library system, too, with tools to help keep kids minds active and thinking. To learn more about the great resources the library system offers, click here.
Also, dont be afraid to incorporate academics into regular, everyday activities like going to the grocery store or hiking a trail. There is math, science and technology all around us; anything can be a teachable moment with the right approach. Make it fun!
THERE IS MUCH TO DO IN THE FINGER LAKES THIS SUMMER
The Finger Lakes Region is home to many beautiful destinations and vistas that are both educational and fun. The Finger Lakes National Forest offers hiking trails where families can exercise, explore nature and practice their photography skills. Further, the I Love NY website has additional suggestions for other attractions and recreational opportunities. When you get home, be sure to check you and your family for tick and other insect bites to help prevent Lyme disease.
For those looking to get out of the house while also helping boost the local economy, the Finger Lakes Region is home to several farmers marketsone of the purest manifestations of community and comradery. Two exemplary farmers markets can be found in Seneca Falls and Canandaigua.
Every Tuesday, from now until October, the Seneca Farmers Market will offer food and products from area farmers, artisans, bakers and crafters. It is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Peoples Park, 15 Water St., Seneca Falls. The Canandaigua Farmers Market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the east side of South Main Street between Lafayette Ave. and Mill Street.
Our community is rich in resources, beauty and hard-working people who care about their neighbors. I hope each of you takes some time to explore all it has to offer and stimulate your minds and your bodies during summer vacation.
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