Spring Break Is Time To Rake In New Learning and Skills

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Mar 27, 2015 8:21:06 AM

Spring Vacation Can Expand Students' Skills and Cultural Knowledge

Spring break is an excellent time to encourage the exploration of new geographical places and diverse learning experiences. Kids and teens have the gift of time which lends itself to excursions and explorations. Road trips, vacations, day dates and other events can turn into powerful learning experiences for students.

Ideas to Promote New Learning

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Teach Geography

Kids can scout out new locations using maps and map skills. When going on a vacation or day trip, have the child or teen find the location on a map. Then have them determine the best route to take. Have them create a map skills book.

Play Audiobooks

Car rides are an opportunity to play audiobooks and help children and teens develop critical listening skills. Families can discuss the book during the ride to facilitate comprehension.

Introduce Students to Other Cultures and Time Periods

Museums create a memorable learning experience for students. In addition, they can introduce them to other cultures and time periods. History comes alive when browsing the exhibits.

Incorporate Hands-on Learning

Going to the beach? Have students create sandcastles using different geometric shapes. Heading to the park? Calculate the time it takes you to get there. Then convert it to seconds. Cooking? Teach measurement with measuring cups.

Utilize Real World Math Experiences

The book below offers a wealth of information and engaging real life math lessons!

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Travel Math

When you're traveling, there are all sorts of numbers to keep track of. If you're driving, how many gallons of gas will you need for the distance you have to cover? How much will those gallons cost you at the pump? If you're going by plane, you'll need to juggle flight schedules. If your plane is delayed by 3 hours, will you be able to make your next connection? And what about if you travel to another country where they use a different kind of money? Will you be able to figure out how to change the money you brought with you into the currency of the country? Will you be able to set your clock back the right amount when you travel across time zones? Travel Math will help you do all this and more!
What can the reader find inside?
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