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Author and educator John Holt wrote in his book, Learning All the Time: “Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.”

Even amongst parental fears about “summer learning loss,” the phenomenon of children losing academic skills and knowledge over the summer months, there are many free and inexpensive ways to encourage learning for people of all ages during the summer. What’s more- programs, workshops, and educational events in the summer can give kids outside of school the chance to direct their own learning and develop new interests! The following are a brief selection of interest-based learning opportunities for children, self-directed teens, and lifelong learners.

Students who don’t read or engage in other educational opportunities can lose as much as 2.5 months of learning over the summer, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for our nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

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