3 ways to retain the desire to learn in the summer of 2020

Epidemic 2020 has challenged you to rise to new creativity and flexibility for you and your family. Many school districts teach their teachers 4 to 5 hours a day for your school age children in Zoom Virtual Classrooms! Also, some parents do homework for their children to maintain a learning environment for their children.

Now that summer has come, how can you use your knowledge of technology and keep it at your fingertips to keep your child’s thirst for knowledge alive in the summer? Here are 3 simple strategies to create a fun adventure for your family:

1. Involve your child (or teen) in the “virtual vacation planning” process. This is necessary for them to buy the idea and retain interest. I recommend making a short list of destinations. Then let them explore and select those who are interested.

Some of these virtual tours are so awesome that they “make you feel like you’re actually there”.

Where did you and your family want to go? This is your chance!

2) Ask your children to write about their virtual vacation in their journal. Encourage them to record their experiences. Ask them 1) What did they learn about each place they went to and 2) What did they enjoy most about each place? If your child is too young to write it, ask them two questions and write down the answers.

(Ask your older children to write down any questions or observations they may want to explore when they reach a goal in real life.)

3) Take a tour of your backyard with some food cooked by you and your kids ahead of your arrival. Creating special dishes that your family will love and new dishes from your virtual vacation. By using new and old family favorite recipes, your children will be able to read and measure items that will help them in both math and science.

I remember lovingly cooking food with my mom and grandma. With my mom, we made bacon and pumpkin pies and flints. My grandmother, Mary, taught me the fine arts of making Hungarian dishes for making shells, fries and side dishes. It all started by cooking the sauces with the stove meat for 3 to 4 hours and adding the Hungarian spices. The stoves and roasts were delicious and the bags were soft in the mouth. Many years later, I listened to concerts at their List Academy of Music in Hungary and ate at wonderful restaurants with my husband while listening to gypsy violinist Robbie Lagados.

*On your tour Each person should read the answers to their two questions. Ask your younger children to answer both questions and, if necessary, quietly remind them of what they said earlier when you wrote for them. You want to start the creative process of your child’s learning and thinking.

* Read family time every night. Involve your child or teenage children in listening to their input in choosing the adventure story they want to read as a family. Parents begin to read with excitement and joy, using different voices for each character. If so, ask your older children to read this too! After that, ask your children questions about the story you read together and guide their thought process.

Here are some tips to get you started on your virtual vacation:

Disney Virtual with Rides https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/watch-disney-rides-on-youtube

Australia and the Great Barrier Reef https://www.insider.com/australia-virtual-tour-guide-great-barrier-reef-2020-4

Virtual Venice https://www.thegeographicalcure.com/post/virtual-venice-how-to-tour-venice-from-home

So, where did you and your kids decide to go on your virtual vacation?

Are their journals ready to go?

Have your children decided what food to cook for their picnic after their virtual trip?

What recipes do your kids like to search the internet for?

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