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Summer Learning: Fun ideas

School is finally out for the summer. Don’t forget to keep offering fun opportunities to read so your kids can keep gaining skills and not lose them as tends to happen during the break.

Group of young children receiving a free meal at a lunch station. Courtesy: USDA

Communities Around South Dakota Provide Summer Meals for All Children

This summer, communities across South Dakota will be serving free meals to children, to ensure good nutrition and growth. The USDA Summer Meals Programs works with the South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services office to make sure that when school lets out children are well-nourished throughout the summer.

young boy washing hands at a sink in a classroom.

Helping Children Learn Responsibility

Teaching children responsibility should start at a young age but is something that you have to keep working on throughout childhood. I am working with my 10-and-5-year-old girls to become more responsible for their school work and daily tasks throughout the day so I don’t need to be a broken record each day.

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Celebrate Earth Month Outside and With These Activities

April is Earth Month and April 22nd is Earth Day. With the weather finally starting to turn into spring, this a great time to get kids outdoors and talk about science and do experiments.

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Teaching Youth to Have Gratitude

Gratitude is often seen as a powerful emotion tied to positive health and wellness for both the individual and the community. Research shows that youth who demonstrate gratefulness are usually happier and more satisfied with their lives, friends, family, community, and selves.

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Why Spending Quality Time With Your Children is Important

Making a meaningful connection with your children is important and can be a simple priority to incorporate into your daily schedule. Doing as such, will have lasting impacts on them as they grow into contributing adults in the future.

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Be Conscious of Your Financial Wellness

Just like going for a wellness checkup with your doctor, checking in on your financials is an important part of a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.

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Financial Terminology Refresher

You don’t have to be a finance whiz to understand basic financial terminology. Knowing the basics can help you interpret your own financial health and set goals for the future.

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Helping Kids Cope and Understand Disasters/Flooding

South Dakota and many of our neighboring states are experiencing flooding and natural disasters. How children experience traumatic events and how they express their lingering distress depends, in large part, on the children's age and level of development.

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Getting Kids Into Healthy Sleep Habits

It is important for children to get their recommended hours of sleep each night, but good sleep quality is also essential.