Monday, July 2, 2012

Make Family Vacation Educational This Summer - US News and World Report

Factory tours and cultural neighborhoods can add a learning element to family vacations this summer.   Giving your high schooler a stake in planning your summer trip can make the vacation more meaningful." Taking a detour from mainstream tourist attractions can also lead to valuable learning experiences.  There is less likelihood that you will have a sulking teenager on your trip, who feels like they are being forced to do activities that they have no interest in," Kahn says. "They got to have a hand in planning, after all."
While giving up some control of your vacation may be challenging, you will teach your teen valuable money management and research skills, says Jessica Givens, a college admissions expert and founder of All-in-One Academics.
Parents can use the family vacation as a way to create their own version of the Science Channel's How It's Made via factory tours near their vacation destination, suggests a blog post on GreatSchools.

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