Today is our last official day of homeschool for the year, and we are ready to celebrate by vegging out for three months. Only problem? Our brains turn to mush when we aren’t exercising them. Mine is probably much worse than the boys – – I can practically watch my brain cells slough off and fall out my ears if I don’t keep myself mentally stimulated.
If your family is similar to ours, then you might appreciate some of the following ideas for keeping the ole educational nerve endings greased up – – the techie way, of course.
Time4Learning offers a way for kids to keep their minds sharp AND entertained with their summer learning program. And Time4Writing continues to offer writing classes throughout the summer as well, with courses in sentence writing, paragraph writing, essay writing, and basic mechanics.
The Wii offers some excellent opportunities for educational fun over the dog days of summer. Two games coming out this summer that look like winners are: Science Papa, a virtual science lab featuring 30 different experiments and Space Camp, where you are an aspiring astronaut in training. Amazon.com has a good list of additional Wii games that can be considered educational, as well.
But you don’t have to pay the big bucks to get some educational fun out of Wii this summer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and your Wii remote. Arcademics Skills Builders has taken some of their best online games and made them optimized for the Wii. So if you can navigate to their website using your Wii Browser, you can play games like Meteor Multiplication and Verb Viper for free! (http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/wiilist.htm)
If you have a rising tech-geek in your family, you might be interested in iD Tech computer camps. Based in over 60 universities around the country, these camps specialize in video game design, 3D modeling, robotics, web design and digital graphics. There is probably one near you! But they fill up fast, so register as soon as possible.
What’s that you say? You actually want your children to go OUTSIDE this summer?? Well, if you’re that type of parent, then I guess it can’t be helped. But you might be interested in stopping by the Kid’s Valley Garden first, to brush up on all the ins and outs of those veggies, herbs, and flowering things that you’ll be (*gasp*) interacting with out there in the real world.
As for me, I’ll be taking a break from Friday’s HHH for a couple months myself… But not to worry. I’ll keep my brain from turning to mincemeat SOMEHOW.