You’ve joined your library’s reading challenge and bought a workbook for math facts, but here are some Waldorf-inspired ways to help your children get the most out of summer and stay sharp.
- Take a Hike
Not only is hiking fun for the whole family, but according to this University of Michigan study, it boosts cognitive performance.
- Work in a Garden
Did you know? Sage College Scientists found that “ingesting or breathing in a common soil bacterium found in nature reduces anxiety and improves learning.” Don’t have a garden? Work in ours! Find Work Dates HERE.
- Send Them Outside
The National Wildlife Federation has filled a PDF with all the latest research about the benefits of unstructured outdoor play, proving that “nature may indeed be the best kind of nurture…”
- Let Them Get Bored
As this BBC news article states right in the title: Children should be allowed to get bored. Dr. Teresa Belton said, “Cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.”That means they don’t have to be entertained while you need to work. This article from Parenting Science explores over a decade of studies about the benefits of unstructured play time. The author is careful to note that free play does not mean physical education classes or sports or summer camps. Free play is unstructured play time, which has been proven to help math skills, language development, and creative problem solving.
- Read a Fairy Tale
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert EinsteinThis fabulous article on ImaginationSoup.net perfectly encapsulates the importance of reading fairy tales to children.
So, put away the flashcards and go enjoy a smart summer!