Northwest Suburban United Way’s Born Learning Trail to Promote Interactive Learning

Submitted on behalf of Grant Myatt, Communications Intern at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. About 46% of students enter school without the skills they need to learn. In an effort to help prepare students for the classroom, Northwest Suburban United Way is launching the Born Learning Trail in Skokie on Wednesday, May 9. The Born Learning Trail is a series of outdoor learning activities that any adult can play with young children to help prepare them to enter school. The activities promote language, pre-literacy skills and motor skills in an interactive, fun setting. The activities also help show adults how to approach early learning through engaging activities. The Born Learning Trail connects the community with opportunities for early childhood learning and spreads awareness of the importance. One activity, Watch! Stop! Learn! Play! encourages the caregiver to follow the child’s lead, building the child’s curiosity and confidence and reinforcing learning. Similarly, Imagine! Create! Pretend! encourages interactive storytelling, building a child’s ability to imagine and listen. Studies have indicated that low-income children can begin kindergarten up to two years behind other students. Research from United Way Worldwide indicates that lack of time and knowledge about how to best prepare their children for school are common issues. The Born Learning Trail aligns closely with United Way’s goals to provide students with the skills they need for school to excel. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s LIVE UNITED 2020 education initiative is working to help 50,000 underperforming middle school kids enter high school ready to succeed. Since 46% of students enter school without the skills they need to learn, the  Born Learning Trail  is ideal to provide learning opportunities to children and families and prepare all students to succeed in the classroom. The Born Learning Trail is being made possible with the help from NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital, Skokie Park District and others. It is located at Devonshire Park in Skokie and open daily until 10 p.m. Photo Credit: ClarkMaxwell

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