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Passport to Summer Learning 2011

On May 19 at Pre-K at Play, City Schools' pre-kindergarten students each received a Passport to Summer Learning. They can use their passport for free admission to some of Baltimore's top attractions, where they'll learn about our city, state and world through exploration and play. When it's time for kindergarten in the fall, our young learners will have new background knowledge — and excitement for learning — they can build on at school.

Thanks to these outstanding Baltimore institutions for opening their doors to our youngest learners, and a special thanks to the PNC Foundation and PNC Grow Up Great for supporting production of the passports.

The Summer Passport and Learning Through Play

Play is an important part of childhood — it's really how kids learn and figure out the world around them.
— Charlene Iannone-Campbell, Director of Early Learning

When children play, they're doing all kinds of important things — trying out an idea, making sense of something they've seen, figuring out how to make something work. Experts tell us that play is serious business for children, preparing them for learning and life. And when play is combined with exploring new places and spaces, young children build background knowledge about the world that they can apply at school.

With the Passport to Summer Learning, City Schools and its partners among Baltimore's institutions are providing our youngest learners with experiences for play and learning. This is only part of an initiative to create new opportunities for primary students, and to prepare them for success as they move up through the grades. In addition to Pre-K at Play and the passport program, students from pre-k to 3rd grade will receive a copy of a special book, The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders by Baltimore-based Susan Magsamen, filled with ideas for exploring, creating and playing. The Enoch Pratt Free Library will host special play dates around the book throughout the summer. And, in October, Rash Field is the setting for a celebratory Ultimate Block Party. Watch the Family Institute section of this web site for details of these activities as they unfold.

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How to Use Your Passport

Take the passport with you to any of the places listed inside, and get it stamped at the ticket office or entrance when you visit. Many of the places listed are free all year round. For those that do charge, your passport entitles you to free admission for three people on the day of your visit.

If you visit six or more places and collect six or more stamps, you will receive a voucher for free admission to the National Aquarium for a visit in October 2011. Pick up your voucher by showing your passport at the Ultimate Block Party on October 2 at Rash Field.  Details about this event will be posted to this web site in the coming weeks. And even if you do not collect six stamps, bring your passport to the Block Party anyway, and you'll receive a free gift.
The passport has pages for drawing and includes activities to share with your family. Keep it as a souvenir of an outstanding summer full of new experiences, playing, exploring and learning!

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