By Elysse Alvarado
Dallas City of Learning has partnered with KERA Learn! to show students that summer learning can be fun and full of adventure. We sat down with Denita Malvern, KERA’s community engagement manager, to get to know more about her work, summer programming at DCOL, and tips for parents on how they can prevent summer learning loss at home.
What is your goal for students throughout your programming?
Our goal is to prevent summer learning loss through interactive summer programming across DFW.
What is your favorite part of working with students at summer learning programs?
Just watching them learn and seeing the a-ha moments that they have while learning new things. I also love showing them that learning is fun. To see the smiles and sense of wonder while they are learning is amazing.
What do you hope kids learn?
We hope to show them that learning can be fun and engaging. Also, to connect them to PBS broadcasting as well as give them an introduction to STEM. This shows them what kind of careers are available to them and explore careers through summer learning.
3 TIPS FOR PREVENTING THE “SUMMER SLIDE”
- Parent’s should remember that they are their child’s first teacher. Whether it be while cooking and measuring out ingredients or counting tiles while in the bathtub, make everyday an opportunity for learning. There is no user guide to parenting and most parents think that they might not be qualified to educate their kids. But don’t forget that you know your child better than anyone else so you how they learn best!
- If you are looking for a way to connect and spend time with your family while learning join the Summer Learning Challenge which is filled with exciting books recommendations, DIY projects and other fun activities.
- Participate in the KERA Summer Learning Challenge! Here is a list of books to check out from your local library and read with your little ones.
Need even more ideas to make learning fun this summer? Head over to Dallas City of Learning to discover events, movie screening and upcoming summer camps!