Continuous learning throughout the summer

As the school bells ring for the last time before the break, many students and parents alike look forward to a well-deserved rest. The summer months also present an excellent opportunity for continuous learning and personal growth outside the traditional classroom setting. Here are some valuable tips on how to embrace continuous learning throughout the summer and make the most of your time before we get back to school and after-school youth programs!

Explore new hobbies and interests

Summer is the perfect time to explore activities and hobbies that you may not have had time for during the school year. Whether it's learning to play a musical instrument, trying your hand at painting or mastering a new sport, pursuing new interests can be both fun and intellectually stimulating.


Read often and explore a wide array of subjects


Reading is one of the best ways to keep your mind sharp and expand your knowledge base. Set aside time each day to read books, magazines or online articles on topics that interest you. Encourage children to participate in summer reading programs at local libraries or create a family book club to foster a love of reading.

Engage in educational travel


Traveling during the summer provides unique opportunities for experiential learning. Visit local museums, historical sites and cultural landmarks to gain new insights into art, history and society. Encourage children to keep a travel journal to document their experiences and reflections. There are also tons of free family-friendly activities in Omaha!


Enroll in summer classes or workshops

Many schools and community organizations offer summer classes, workshops and enrichment programs for students of all ages. Whether it's a coding camp, science workshop or creative writing class, these structured learning opportunities can help students stay engaged and motivated over the summer.

Embrace online learning platforms


Take advantage of the wealth of educational resources available online. Platforms like Khan Academy, Coursera and TED-Ed offer a wide range of courses and tutorials on various subjects, from math and science to literature and computer programming. Set learning goals and track your progress throughout the summer.


Volunteer in your community

Volunteering is a meaningful way to learn new skills, gain valuable experience and make a positive impact in your community. Whether it's tutoring younger students, assisting at a local animal shelter or participating in environmental cleanup efforts, volunteering can provide valuable learning opportunities outside the classroom. Consider volunteering at DREAM’s after-school youth programs this upcoming school year!

Set personal learning goals


Take some time at the beginning of the summer to reflect on your interests, strengths and areas for growth. Set specific, achievable learning goals for yourself or your children and create a plan to work toward them throughout the summer. Regularly review and adjust your goals as needed to stay motivated and focused.


Foster curiosity


Encourage curiosity and inquiry in yourself and others by asking questions, seeking out new experiences and embracing a growth mindset. Cultivate a love of learning that extends beyond the summer months and becomes a lifelong habit.

We can’t wait to resume after-school youth programs

By embracing continuous learning throughout the summer, you can make the most of your time and cultivate valuable skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve you well in the future. Whether it's exploring new hobbies, reading widely or engaging in educational travel, there are countless ways to keep your mind active and engaged during the summer months. So seize the opportunity to learn, grow and discover new passions – the possibilities are endless! Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about our programs!