Thursday, February 11, 2010

Summer Learning Article

My article on summer learning just went online this week. Thanks again to everybody who helped me out on this one, including a first-grade teacher and lots of homeschool moms.

The article was written for ParentMap, a Northwest publication, but it has ideas that will work for everybody. If you have a Barnes and Noble near you, or a Half-Price Books (my favorite store!), your children can earn free books through summer reading. I also collected great ideas on fun math games, taking kids on outings, and looking for free days at museums.

Here are some ideas I couldn't fit in the article:
--Have a calendar corner and count down days
--Guess how many items are in a jar, then count them by 2s, 3s, or 4s
--Give two players 15 identical legos. Have the players sit back-to-back and take turns giving instructions on what to build.

Summer is also a good time to try the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment, dropping Mentos from a tube into a 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke. The eruption can go over 15 feet in the air, so wear grubby clothes and get out of the way!

Read the whole article at
"Keep Summer Learning Fun--and Free!"

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