Summer is a great time to expand the learning of children.
Teachers please work with the parents of your students on how
they can expand the learning horizons of their children.
My Field Trips
Weekends of Exploration & Entertainment
When our children were young we packed them up and
spent the summer at my father-in-law’s house in Springfield, Massachusetts.
There were times I had to commute from New York as I worked summer jobs (summer school,
curriculum writing) but we dedicated each weekend to what we called E & E.
One day was for exploration and the other for entertainment. The Triple AAA
guidebooks are great for this purpose as well as Chambers of Commerce and
Exploration: Mark Twain
and Harriet Beecher Stowe houses near Hartford, CT, Springfield Armory,
Chesterwood (Daniel Chester French), Norman Rockwell Museum,
Arrowhead (Herman Melville’s house), Gillette Castle, New England Air
Entertainment: Movies, amusement parks,
lake, parks, town festivals (arts & crafts, Basketball Hall of Fame (they
loved shooting basketballs at different hoops), Baseball Hall of Fame,
Volleyball Hall of Fame.
One year when my
children were teenagers I took them on a pre college exploratory trip.
I took them back to my Alma Mater, the University of Pittsburgh. We
toured the campus and the city. One great educational experience was
when I took them to the Carnegie Science Center. Also included was a
visit to the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. On the way home we stopped off to visit
a good educational friend in State College. He and his wife worked on
the campus of Penn State University and gave us a great personalized tour of
the campus and a visit to The Creamery.
by Gail Blumengarten
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expand on the #GeniusHour idea and call it Genius or Passion Learning Time.
Let your children explore their passions. My
My Summer Reading page
My Summer School page
My Geocaching page
learning! Click on underlined words for page of links on that topic.
Consumerism) teaching percentage off, best buy, simple adding &
subtracting. Multiplying if getting more than one item.
Writing - Journals of trips - even day trips.
Younger children can draw.
Diary of the day's activities with time spent.
Letters to friends and family members.
Geography - trip planning, map reading and
keeping track of expenses (math).
Social Studies - places of interest
nearby. We had Exploration & Entertainment weekends.
Astronomy - star gazing. Simple
Rocks and Minerals, Sea Shells and
Word of the Day and word play.