When school is out (and I know I'm jumping the gun a little), kids may believe they are taking a vacation from "learning", too. This notion suggests that learning is boring or even "homework" to be avoided. This year, you might think about trying a new tradition to change your kids' attitude to learning is fun–especially if you disguise the learning projects as family entertainment.
For example, SteveSpanglerScience.com offers lots of projects that your family can learn from and they're FUN, too!!!! In particular, this summer you might combine gardening with science using "water jelly crystals". These non-toxic crystals absorb up to 150-300 times their weight in water. They start out dry and look like big chunk salt. But when you add water, they get REALLY interesting! They swell and feel squishy. And, when you put the squishy jelly droplets in the garden or in flower pots, they hold on to the water and time-release it. It's Science; It's Ecology; It's Environmental; and it's FUN!
For more information and a dandy video describing the crystals, visit SteveSpanglerScience.com . You'll see the science project in action and be able to order some crystals for your own at-home summer science project. Squish!