Once that final day of school ends and the summer begins, children usually think they do not want to learn anything new in the next few months. But the trick is to present them with little trips here and there during the summer months that are entertaining and educational without them being beaten with a school-type atmosphere.
With that in mind, here are six educational trips to take your family on this summer that will not break the bank.
National parks are usually immense in size as the land is set aside and preserved by the federal government for the enjoyment of all people. A national park is much different than a typical park, so don’t think visiting a park just down your street is anything equal to any of the 424 national park sites in the United States. Besides being the perfect place to learn about nature and science, most of these parks have a great deal of history tied into them. To learn about a particular national park, hire a tour guide to take your family around. They can impart much more wisdom than if your family wandered around here to there.
Usually, fabulous zoos are available for any family to visit, regardless of where they live. Getting to one of these zoos may take two or three hours, but most children can spend the whole day or more jumping from exhibit to exhibit. Kids never get tired of watching animals, and with all of these zoos having concession stands, having a picnic in the middle of the day is a must.
Just because the children may not be learning math or science does not mean they are not learning. Kids usually love to explore mysterious places that have a touch of the paranormal. The great thing is that many of these sites have a history generally documented in a book or two. Read the books as a family and then go on your own exploration at the specific location. It will be the highlight of the summer.
Chat with an Author
Within an hour of where I live in central Illinois, I often read about authors visiting libraries or bookstores to promote their books. If you have a child interested in writing, ask them to come prepared with questions and have them spend some time with the visiting author.
If you have never been to a planetarium, you and your family are in for a treat! It is a sky theater with amazing projectors that simulate the night sky or even outer space on a dome ceiling. With the three-dimensional component of the experience, it will feel like you are traveling through space. If your child is not a huge fan of studying up on the universe before, they definitely will be after.
Visit Older Relatives
As someone who lost my grandparents when I was still young, I missed out on experiencing the family history passed down from generation to generation. Don’t think for a second that their memories are not as sharp as ever because your relatives are older and retired. Learning about family history is something that children will be able to pass down to their own kids someday.
A Little Learning Won’t Hurt!
These six educational trips will have your children enjoying summer and learning simultaneously. But also take a bit of the summer months to help strengthen any subject areas your child struggles with in school. At iAchieve, professional tutors can work with students of all ages and virtually any subject area. Plus, they can tutor in person or remotely. Rather than risk your child getting further behind in a subject when school starts back up, take the opportunity to make a weakness a strength.
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