Rocket Ship Theory: 10 Brain Boosting Activities for Parents and Therapists who are now the 24/7 Teachers
Rocket Ship Theory: 10 Brain Boosting Activities for Parents and Therapists who are now the…
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Summer is upon us! School is ending (or has ended). Do our children need to stop learning, let the brains completely rest, shut down even, during the summer? Do they need to sit and do homework every day to be sure their brains don’t rot before the new school year? The answer to both questions is, “NO!” Summer is all about experiences and fun. Experiences provide learning opportunities. Learning can be fun! Do you need to be an accomplished homeschool parent, certified teacher, or creative genius to be sure your children learn well while having fun through the summer? No. The Internet is covered with ideas. Your surroundings and community are covered with opportunities.
My children are 11, 10, and 8. They have different interests, different personalities, and even different learning styles. My eight-year old loves to draw, look at clouds, catch bugs, and play at the playground. My 10 year old loves to play in mud, watch birds, kill bugs, and visit museums. My 11 year old loves to study or discuss anything military or hunting related.
In order to have fun learning and playing with them, I need to cater to different things and different loves. Sometimes, everything can be combined into a single activity. Sometimes I need to do “Mama time” with each child doing what he or she wants to do and find a way to learn through it. Every experience provides an opportunity to learn and to teach. We always teach our children what we value, what we enjoy, and what we believe. If you value learning, especially in different ways, your children will learn to value learning.
One of my favorite comic strips is “Calvin and Hobbs” by Bill Watterson. It is funny, clever and educational too. Here is one of my favorite strips that shows how children prefer learning when it is something that interests them. It is one of my favorites.
Now for the activities. Many of these ideas can help keep your child’s mind stay sharp and active this summer. We’ve mentioned some of these activities in other articles, but here are some new fun activities you can do with your children this summer:
Summer does not have to be a wasteland of TV, movies, video games, and boredom. There is much to do and much to learn. Experience the world with your children. Enjoy learning alongside them.
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