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Summer Learning

Although students deserve a vacation, the entire summer is a long time to go without educational activities and stimulation. While this impacts a wide range of children, it can be particularly challenging for students of high-school age. What is the solution?
During the school year, my kids learn about a whole spectrum of countries and culture. It seems their world is much broader then, with windows on places from Armenia to Zambia. Yet as the summer passes, I often see my kids' world's shrinking -- particularly since we don't have the budget to travel overseas.
The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games provide great teaching opportunities this summer. Whether you attend events live or watch from afar, they foster important messages of courage, determination and diversity -- just to name a few.
Summer vacation is almost here and pretty soon kids will be throwing down their books in favour of swimsuits and video games
Don't end the conversation with "Yes, that's sad." There are many things to wonder about together. "I wonder who made the decision for this to happen?" or "Who do you think it hurt by this?" are great ways to keep them thinking. Encourage them to take it further: Some questions you can answer; others you can't. Help your child figure out who would be best to write to.
Learning over the holidays should happen spontaneously and naturally. It should be a situation where the child is intrinsically motivated to learn something new. Tap into a child's interests and encourage them to explore what inspires them most.