Playing games and having conversations with parents is vital to the future of toddlers and preschoolers and the Lake Stevens Education Foundation has made it easy and fun for parents and children to promote early learning through their Born Learning Trails.
On Thursday, August 19, The Lake Stevens Education Foundation celebrated the grand opening of its second Born Learning Trail at the new Lake Stevens Community Park on Machias Road.
Parents and children gathered at the park for games, bubble blowing and face-painting and to be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new learning trail.
“The Born Learning Trail is a fun activity and the signs are in both English and Spanish,” Leslie Elsemore, Vice-President of LSEF said.
By following the signs and asking children the questions, parents and teachers can create an atmosphere of trust and responsive learning.
One sign asks the child to stand in the circle facing the parent and try to make them laugh.
Kids learn to open up by making faces or doing silly dances, all while trying to get the parent to laugh at them.
Another sign asks the child to share a story regarding something they remember when they were young. Parents can share a story of their own too.
There are 10 signs in all, each with different activities all focused on helping children grow and learn.
LSEF also celebrated the two year anniversary of their partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which mails children within the Lake Stevens School District, a free book every month from birth to five years old.
By offering these books, LSEF encourages parents to read to their children 20 minutes each day.
Mom Desa Brown has been enjoying the books with her kids for the last two years.
“It’s great. We get classic books, stuff from my childhood,” she said. “They come every month and the kids get really excited every time the books come.”
Brown has a two and five year old.
Many organizations were involved in making the new Born Learning Trail a reality including Lake Stevens/Granite Falls Rotary Club, United Way of Snohomish County, Snohomish County arks & Recreation and Lake Stevens Junior Athletic Association.
“I would like to thank the United Way for supplying the signs for us and helping us out today,” LSEF President Terri Spencer said.
Parents can also visit the Born Learning Trail at Lundeen Park.