HIKINGWITH YOUR KIDS WATCH THEIR WORLD EXPAND WITH EVERY STEP
KEEP SAFETY IN MIND
While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries.
Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how ENCOURAGE THEIR CURIOSITY
things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves.
BRING ALONG SOME TOOLS OF DISCOVERY
Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look.
OUR NEWEST CONCERT ‘ENCORE!’
Over the years, our school has had the pleasure of seeing many young enthusiasts grow into accomplished musicians. Now more than ever, we have students who are capable of some truly impressive performances. So to celebrate their accomplishments, we’re unveiling our “Encore!” concert series! really strut their stuff. Much like our popular “Bravo!” concert series, this formal event will take place in the beautiful Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University. However, thanks to the limited selection of performers, students will have the chance to perform full pieces, getting to bring all the skills they’ve learned This invitational recital gives some of MnSOM’s finest students a chance to
to bear on the big stage. This is definitely the recital to bring your relatives to!
Again, due to the longer format of this series, “Encore!” will be limited to an elite selection of performers. We are asking our teachers to extend invitations to those students they deem to be ready to take this next step in their musical journey. So, if you’re a student out there excited by the opportunity to perform a full-length piece in front of a cheering audience, this is your chance! Practice hard, impress your teacher, and you may be one of the stars of the evening! Stay tuned for details on the exact concert date. We’re excited to bring this new opportunity for growth to our students and put on a truly spectacular performance for their friends and family!
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