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What to Do When Summer Gets Boring

Two weeks into summer vacation, Harry dons his best pitiful face and turns it on you. "I'm really, REALLY bored. Are you listening to me, Mom? Dad? Anybody?"

Banish boredom from your house this summer with activities that cross-pollinate and resonate with your Harry. Adventures that complement each other put skills and knowledge in a broader, more real-life context. When projects are related or are natural outgrowths of each other, that initial spark of interest jumps from one activity to another. That moves projects along and gives them a better chance of lasting to conclusion.

Below are some interactive, sensory-stimulating, whole-body, whole-family summer activities. Some are cross-pollinating summer-long campaigns. Others you can do when you have fifteen minutes to spare. They are all designed to keep academic skills perking during those long breaks from school. Copy this entire chapter and paste it on the refrigerator before Harry can begin singing his old boring song. Age appropriateness is noted throughout.



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From Teacher Says by Evelyn Porreca Vuko. Copyright © 2004. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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August 31, 2014



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