It’s officially summer! If you have school-aged children, you have a full house again. It won’t be long before the novelty of free days is lost and your kids are looking for something to do again. Just because it is summer doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Use some of these ideas to keep the education flowing during the summer break.
1. Visit the library.
Libraries have changed since we were kids. They aren’t just rows of books organized by a complex notecard system. They’re centers for learning and discovery. They have entire sections for fiction, children’s books, self-help, religious literature, and anything else you can think of. They have tables and sofas for relaxing. They even rent out DVDs, magazines, and video games at the same rates (if any) of books. A library is the perfect spot to relax and get educational on a hot day.
2. Join the Cool Word Club.
Designed to make kids excited about language, the Cool Word Club is an online vocabulary resource for kids. It’s free to join and each day you receive an email with the day’s post (they’re short and easy for little minds to grasp). They examine several words each week and offer practice tests for your kids to try them out for themselves. Plus on Fridays they create a Cool Word Challenge to review previous words.
3. Visit the zoo.
Most people visit zoos to gawk at the animals, but there’s a lot of educational material available at zoos if you look for it. Each enclosure, tank, or cage come with printed material nearby for your kids to learn about the animals. Use this material to teach them about the animals. Pose challenging questions like “Why do you think the elephant has such a long trunk?” Check with the guest relations desk when you enter for a schedule of any educational shows that may be happening.
4. Movie night!
It won’t be hard to convince your kids to watch a movie! Movies can offer a ton of educational material. The trick is finding one that provides sufficient education and entertainment so they’ll sit still for it. Ask your local librarian what types of educational content you can borrow.
5. Visit a science museum.
The one may require a bit of a drive, depending on your area, but with the kids out of school you may be able to swing it. Science museums offer all types of displays and exhibits designed to appeal to children. They cover basic scientific principals and make discovery exciting. Most science museums have an Imax or Omnimax theater that shows visually striking movies about space, aquatic life, etc.
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