Last September, Forest Park received an addition to the playground. The Born Learning Trail, sponsored by the United Way of the Wabash Valley and the United Way Success by 6, encourages parents and caregivers to help children to prepare for school.
"The activities that parents and their children do on The Born Learning Trail can be used anywhere," Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton said. "By just playing and talking, parents can work on speech development and language usage."
The Born Learning Trail is designed to support early learning for young children. The 10 signs are on display around the playground so young children and parents can work together to accomplish the goals on each sign.
Parents read the sign to their child and simply follow the steps as well as encourage the child to participate in the activities. Children who are working on their literary skills can read the signs to the parent and both participate in the activity.
Each sign encourages a different focus in the developmental process, such as vocabulary, language, reading readiness, listening, gross motor development, math and problem solving.
"It is designed to build on the child's curiosity, give them added confidence and reinforce learning," Yelton said. "There is a learning curve from birth to five years old, so we have to do everything to support learning during that time frame. It is a critical time."
For more information on The Born Learning Trail log onto www.bornlearning.org.