Family Activities - Fun and Improve Learning Skills Too!
One of the best parts of spring, summer, or holiday breaks was the break away from 'all things school.' Little did I know then that I was learning just the same. Trips to the Art Institute, the Museum of Science and Industry, or the Natural History Museum were often on our schedule. As we visited the museums and parks we learned. We experienced hands-on all about our world.
Unfortunately, we often lost some of that learning, unless we made a scrapbook of what we did when we came home. I like to think of it in terms of 'Writing Is the Doing Part of Thinking.' When I experience something and then write a little bit about it and draw pictures or insert pictures that I've taken, I remember what I did with greater ease. This holds true for everyone. Easy ways to do this are with the fill-in-the-blanks graphic organizing forms that are in the Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills.
One Blessed Momma states, "Let me talk about Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills. Again, let me admit my own folly. I read the title and thought, "We don't need this." See, we are kind-of laid back homeschoolers. Definitely not the "recreate school at home" sort. And "study skills" just smacks of school or at least a school like approach. Boy, was I wrong. Instead, it has a TON of easy to use forms that student can fill out to aid in reading comprehension. They are short, and they are...well...fun. At least a lot more fun than the stuff I did in school.
And there are a myriad of forms across the grade levels to challenge the students to look deeper and deeper. There are book report forms, compare and contrast forms, text book note taking forms, research paper forms, letter writing forms, and several other that I can't even describe, but are really useful.
These forms make it easy for students to organize and keep track of the information they are reading. They aid in comprehension, and train students to develop better "study skills", which really equates to better retention of what they read. In the back of the book are rules for capitalization, spelling, punctuation, etc. and also tips on writing (citing resources, etc.). VERY COOL. And the book comes with a "Read this First" page that helps you jump right into using it effectively."
Additional family activities include game playing and reading books for pleasure.
So, my gift to you to assist you with fun family activities is our BT Family Activity Book. Enjoy!