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I agree with Sandra. I love

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I agree with Sandra. I love these ideas and yet have noticed the kids I coach, record and produce having trouble knowing how to "practice" what I teach them when I'm not around. Over control from teachers can really backfire, also helicopter parenting. During summer especially, sometimes isn't it better just to let kids observe us? I've never felt the need to always be "on task" as a teacher or parent. If we never relax as adults, how will our kids? Learning to relax is a skill all in itself!

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Love your ideas. Here's

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Love your ideas. Here's another one that's more on the fun side that I did with my nieces and nephews over the 4th of July break.

Have each child make a menu of food to make for a dinner. The dinner has to represent a culture and they need to present their findings as they serve it. I had a 5 year old help with the menus and 8 and 9 year olds do the research. I did the cooking :) They loved it!

If you have older kids you could even have them play out what it'd be like to own a restaurant and make a profit.

Educational Writer and Private Tutor

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Learning during the summer is important, but I've also discovered that children need a break from parent- and teacher-directed learning opportunities for at least two reasons. First, relaxation allows children time to internalize and play with what they have formally learned, so that they can take ownership of a concept or skill. I've seen this experience happen many times over a twenty year career of tutoring and classroom teaching. Second, our children need time to direct their own learning, and summer is a great time to do that. While in school, they follow someone else's direction, but our children have learning interests outside of school that they should pursue, and then they learn how to learn. When my son teaches voice lessons to children who are eager to sing, he has noticed that in spite of their enthusiasm, they don't know how to teach themselves, how to review formal lessons, and how to vary the formal lessons and experiment with their voice. Often parents can simply model that natural behavior of learning how to learn and experimenting with ideas, and children will pick up on that modeling behavior. That Big Idea of Space is perfect for the summer.

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