I believe that learning takes place year round.
I’m sorry, but that’s how I’ve always been. When I was in school, I would beg my mom to buy me workbooks or I would read the encyclopedia (I hate phrases that show my age…) to try to learn something new. I. AM. A. NERD.
And I am not ashamed of that. I still LOVE to learn new things and, even at work, I actively set out to intentionally learn something new every day. Even if it is just a useless piece of trivia. I want to know it.
The downside of that is if you are my kids, I also expect you to love learning and want to learn new things every day. My kids are great, but they are not nerds.
One of my biggest challenges is to get them excited to continue learning over the summer when all their public schooled friends are binge-watching YouTube videos. Or hanging out by their saltwater pools. Or going on a cruise…
<I’m not jealous>
With Michael heading into the high school years (Christ, I’m old), I definitely want to bridge the summer gap, but in a fun, unschooling kind of way. So I had a great idea while grading their end of the year assessments, I asked them what subject would they like to learn more about. Lina was quick to answer.
Lina was really quick and Michael was quick to jump on board.
The Cold War.
Last year, my pretty little daughter set off to learn all she could about Vikings, so it shouldn’t surprise me too much that she would pick another odd topic. Hubby and I didn’t learn about this while we were in school because it was still a ‘current event’.
My kids want me to cram a 40-year information war into 2 months. That’s a lot of googling.
That’s a lot of googling about a sensitive topic right now due to current events between the same 2 countries. At least I get to learn new stuff though. Hubby has suggested including the phrase “school work” before any search engine inquiry to keep my computer from being flagged.
And if you think that last sentence sounds paranoid, then you need to learn more about the Cold War.