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Boy thinking

Is Homeschooling a Way to Avoid Brain Drain?

Girl thinking

Every summer there are articles and news spots warning parents about "brain drain." Apparently, this is an affliction that happens to children during their summer vacations from school. When they return in the fall they are two months "behind" in their math and language arts skills. The many tips to avoid summer brain drain sound an awful lot like a year-round homeschooling routine. Check out these expert educators' tips, recommending lots of learning games and hands-on experiences. Here are 16 brain boosting games and a host of suggestions for summer learning.

Perhaps more important that keeping busy is keeping your sights on what your child should really be learning. If you're not sure yourself, check out Stephen Downes's blog: Things You Really Need to Learn. Downes claims that the ten things your kids really need to learn are:

  1. How to predict consequences
  2. How to read (with understanding)
  3. How to distinguish truth from fiction
  4. How to empathize
  5. How to be creative
  6. How to communicate clearly
  7. How to learn
  8. How to stay healthy
  9. How to value yourself
  10. How to live meaningfully

These are surely important educational goals! Read his entire article for more inspiration.

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For more information on the brain, read Laurie’s article "Is Education Work or Play?"

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