New learning trail helps pre-K children read, interact with parents


It’s always fun to go for a family walk and learn along the way.  The Bakersfield Californian has more:

Every 3-year-old wants to jump and laugh and play in the park on a sunny day. A new interactive trail offers exactly that while helping children learn new words and skills.

The Born Learning Trail opens Saturday at Greenacres Park to encourage education and parents spending positive time with their children.

Following a ribbon cutting and short ceremony at 10 a.m. at 2014 Calloway Drive, the first 100 children to complete the trail will be given a free book.

The free trail is comprised of 10 stations, each with signs in English and Spanish suggesting activities for kids, said Laura Lollar Wolfe, chief development officer for the United Way of Kern County, the trail’s developer.

Each station focuses on a different aspect of learning, such as pointing, jumping, clapping, listening, describing and reading. Stations include a variety of activities for kids between the ages of 2 and 5. One station includes talking, listening and singing. Like the others, it offers written instructions to parents: Tell your kids to listen to the birds and try to sing like them. Talk to your child about what to do next. Make up silly stories or songs.  Lollar Wolfe said the interactive stations teach children words and prepares them to read.
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