Here’s a quiz for you: Did you spend at least seven of the last nine months complaining about the way your kids were educated at school? Did you worry that your kids were spending too much time learning to fill in test bubbles correctly? Were you ever forced to go to bed knowing you’d have to wake up fifteen minutes early to have your child fill out a homework worksheet you found at the bottom of the backpack? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, it may be time to take matters into your own hands. It may be time to devote some of those sunny summer days re-lighting your child’s spark for learning.
The beauty of learning is that it really doesn’t require time spent in a hard chair, or head bent over a textbook. Learning does, however, require an interest in discovery, some skills of observation, and a willingness to communicate the interesting things you have found with other people. If you do some of this “work” over the summer, your child will return to school with fresh eyes and a brain that can think up three questions for every one answer it runs across. Now, as every home schooling parent will tell you, there are plenty of pricey workbooks, science kits, and math games that will strain the budget, so maybe the best place to reclaim learning is with what you have at hand. Here are some learning ideas that take just a little planning and not a lot of cash.
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