School is out for the public school system in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, parents and children think that this means that learning has stopped for the summer. Learning is an on going function that happens every day!
Why waste a large chunk of time by ignoring the chances to learn something new while enjoying the experience? Is your child interested in animals? Let them volunteer at a Veterinary office or at an animal shelter. Careful, they may come home with some new pets. We ended up with a Red Tailed Hawk and several cats. This gave our daughter some hands on experience that encouraged her to learn more and led to her passion for her work life.
Hospitals also have programs where volunteers are needed. Reading to an elderly patient or playing with a bedridden child will improve two lives at once. If you live in a rural location quite often farmers will welcome some extra help and are proud to share their knowledge. Almost all people who work in some craft will be delighted to teach an interested child. Woodworkers, ceramic potters, cooks, even the police department has chances for young people to learn.
Quite often we make the mistake of thinking that learning only occurs within the confines of a room where books and lectures occur. Learning happens continuously. While I was writing this there was a cooking show on the television and I learned a new way to peel hard boiled eggs. I love watching PBS because it presents different ways of doing things and exposes me to different viewpoints. When I travel I visit the historic sights and get to know the history of the areas. The various sceneries I travel through show the geological evolution of the areas. The changing environments help me to understand why some things grow better in different landscapes and what animals live in each. By exposing your children to the same type of things their knowledge will grow by leaps and bounds. Their imaginations will take flight to new horizons. They will learn and enjoy the experience!
Whether you are homeschooling or sending your child to public school, help them to experience new things. Guiding them to expand their learning experience will help them be better prepared to take their place in the grown up world. It will help them find their life work and how to make it fit with their lifestyle choices. Learning is a lifelong journey. I turned 60 earlier this year and am always excited to learn. Many long years ago my father told me that when you stop learning you start dying. Since I refuse to stop learning I will have a long and exciting life and I hope for the same result for your children!