TBF008 – Summer learning. Go out and play!

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We opened up with an article from Science Daily about how learning a new skill, in the case of the article juggling, can change the white matter in your brain.  Full disclosure, they don’t know 100%what exactly the change does, but they’re confident that it’s a good thing (if I can quote Martha Stewart).

Summer learning is something that

has serious potential to make sure that kids (and young adults) do not regress in their mental maturity.  Sylvan Learning is a company that has a strong focus on making sure that kids stay sharp or get back on track during the summer months.

In the podcast we discuss several areas that mature learners can explore to improve their own skill set. Taking a soft-skills or technical skills course, learning how to cook or bake (well).  Getting back to basics with some survival skills might be a good way to stay alive in an emergency but also a great way to strike up some interesting conversations with your friends.  Here is a link for a podcast/blog that I’ve recently found.  This guy means business.  You could also start a blog to begin your writing career, but it’s also a great way to exercise a little self-reflection.  Get to know yourself for free with free blog options Blogger or WordPress.  We also talk about getting a little more creative with art-type-things.  Welding, sculpting, paint and even drawing.  I mention a local artist, Jon Rector, who has a YouTube channel where he posts free tutorials.

The long-and-short of it is, make a goal, learn something new, grow as a person.


“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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One thought on “TBF008 – Summer learning. Go out and play!

  1. Nice post Dan! I just wanted to add to this by saying that many (probably most) public libraries have Summer Reading Programs to help kids stay on track with their reading over the summer. In Canada, the TD Summer Reading Program offers libraries free promotional materials and prizes as well as program ideas, book lists, etc. to make running a summer reading program easier for library staff. Each year the program has a theme (this year’s is “Imagine”) so programs are developed off of this and the kids can earn prizes and take part in fun events. Just wanted to share. :)

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