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Campus Connection - Learning continues in the summer

Article Date: 
15 June, 2012 (All day)

Even though summer is here for over 2,000 Morgan students, it only takes about two weeks before the kids start to ask, “What can I do today, mom?”  As educators we hope you will take time with your children to continue the process of learning as the summer progresses.   
The Morgan and Ogden areas have a rich variety of camps, events, and learning activities that are fun for the whole family. The Morgan County 4-H has camps on cake decorating, cooking, robotics, sewing, quilt tying, a pillowcase marathon and even a money camp. On June 20 and 27, and July 4 and 11 they have a “Summer in the Park” program available in Morgan, Croydon, Porterville, Milton and Mountain Green Parks. Contact Morgan County Extension office at 801-829-3472 for more information. The Morgan County Library offers a summer reading program that encourages kids to read throughout the summer and earn prizes each week.  It runs from June 4 – Aug. 11.  
A Mad Science summer camp will be held at Mountain Green Elementary for all Morgan area children from kindergarten age through 6th grade.  They will be learning about the Puzzling Universe, Science Wizards, Crazy Chemworks, NASA: the journey into outer space, Secret Agent Lab, and Rockin’ Rockets and Radical Robots.  You can register on line at www.madscience.org/greatersaltlake.
Weber State University is sponsoring a summer reading program for children and adults.  Individual programs are available for almost each grade along with 4 year olds and those entering kindergarten this fall.  These classes are taught by instructors from the Institute of Reading Development and are being offered as a community service through Weber State University.  For more information contact the program coordinator at 800-964-8888.
Along with the Morgan area many summer activities for families are available in the Ogden area.   The Ogden Amphitheater on Tuesdays at noon has live music where you can bring your lunch and eat while you enjoy the show.  Don’t forget to visit the Hill Aerospace Museum in Roy Utah.  Be prepared to spend a few hours of your time.  This is well worth a visit for everyone in the family.  Entrance is free but donations are appreciated. Eccles Dinosaur Park has educational activities where you can learn about dinosaurs along with sculptures of the dinosaurs.  It is not free, ($6) but for the amount of fun your kids will have it is a bargain. The Tree House Children’s Museum in Ogden on 22nd street has interactive exhibits for children where they can learn by doing. Admission is $5. 
Try going on a hike or an outdoor experience with your family.  Snowbasin has a variety of hiking and biking trails the kids would love. Our Ogden, Weber, and Morgan outdoor areas abound with opportunities.   Visit the following website for more information. www.visitogden.com/Play/Summer-Recreation   
If you are looking for educational websites that may help your child in reading or math, take a look at the following:  As with any web site we recommend that parents look at the sites first to make sure they meet your family requirements and needs.  1.  Exploratorium, the museum of science, art and human perception at www.exploratorium.edu/, 2.  The Kidz page, at thekidzpage.com/, 3.  Funbrain at www.funbrain.com/, 4.  Enchanted Learning at www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html, 5.  Zula Patrol, this site seems more game-oriented than educational, but don’t be fooled. This one is geared from pre-K to 2nd grade. zula.com/ , 6.  Scholastic; this site is used by many teachers but also has resources for parents. Yes, there is some advertising, but also some good information. www.scholastic.com/summer/. 7. www.thinkfinity.org. You can keep learning going all summer long with these ideas for field trips, activities, and books.   8.  pbskids.org/, this site takes you to the Public Broadcasting classics like “Sesame Street” and “Arthur” as well as newer educational programs like “Word Girl” and “Super Why.”  In this site, learning games are offered that will encourage educational growth while kids are having fun.  Please preview any of these sites before letting your children use them. 
After 10 months of daily classroom assignments, tests, homework, and rules, summer becomes a welcome break for our children.  This summer take a look at all of the programs that the local areas provide that give your children time to explore, learn, exercise, and grow.   Have a fun summer.