Anywhere, Anytime Learning

August 23, 2019 | Nerissa

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In the summer you may find yourself in a park, at the library, at the beach or cooling off indoors. Anywhere you go with your family offers your child an opportunity to learn and discover something new.

Children looking at a snake
Is your child curious about snakes? Find out more with a library book! Image from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive.


As your child explores the world around them you may notice that they learn best:

  • Through pictures and images (Visual Learner)
  • Through sound and music (Aural Learner)
  • Using words through speaking and writing (Verbal Learner)
  • Using their body, hands and sense of touch (Physical Learner)
  • Using logic, reasoning and systems (Mathematical Learner)
  • Working in groups or with other people (Interpersonal Learner)
  • Working alone and self-studying (Intrapersonal Learner)
Brown eggs on a kitchen counter
Image by Anna Prosekova from Pixabay.

With a variety of learning styles available to your child, the world is the greatest classroom imaginable and the best teacher to help nurture their yearning for learning is you. From the moment your child opens their eyes in the morning to the second their eyes close at night their everyday life is a learning journey. A simple walk to the kitchen to bake a cake can become a science and math lesson with a yummy end result. An afternoon trip to the park could lead to questions like “Why is the sky blue?" Or "Where do Monarch butterflies go in the winter?” Playing with popsicle sticks could bring out your child’s inner architect, artist or engineer. Even a calendar can be a learning opportunity as you talk about the special holidays and cultural events that are celebrated throughout the year.

With school just around the corner it is the perfect time to equip your young innovator with a special notebook, sketch book or building materials so they can design answers to whatever they’re wondering about. Maybe they wonder about climate change or they have an idea to save ocean animals. Perhaps they want to design a building for a person experiencing homelessness. Whatever it may be, encourage your child to ask questions and seek answers through conversations, books, experimentation and exploration. 

Try asking them “Do you know why…” questions to get them thinking creatively, and join in as they draw, build or test out their ideas. The beauty of summer is that learning can take place anywhere, anytime and in whatever way your child learns best. Visit your local library and help your child get excited about learning. They can get a library card, borrow books or attend a Summer Wonder program.  


Here are some great books that can help on this endless journey of learning:

Bedtime math
Bedtime Math by By Laura Overdeck

The everyday journeys of ordinary things: from phones to food and from paper to poop..the ways the world works by Libby Deutsch

Explore Water! by Anita Yasuda

Kingfisher Children’s A to Z Encyclopedia: Explore and understand your world

Around my house! Discover and explore the everyday world with your child by Nancy Hertzog

As the great Dr. Seuss once said:

“Think left and think right and think low and think high oh the things you can think up if only you try!”

Edited on August 26 to remove the duplicated word of "perhaps" in the second last paragraph and to add in the word "think" beside the word low into the ending quote.