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By MaryAnn Gaver
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MaryAnn Gaver

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6, New King James Version

Have you noticed that with today’s navigational systems and computer-generated directions, young people don’t always get the chance to use real maps? They’re missing out on all the practical skills that go with map reading, such as using compasses, understanding coordinates, and measuring distance.

Share Tips You’ve Gleaned From Experience

This new column is designed to feature the imaginative ways you’ve discovered to spark learning in your children. Send us tips you’ve gleaned from experience, and we’ll share them with the rest of our readers.

Our topic for the July/August issue is teaching character traits to your children. Have you found a creative way to reinforce character in your homeschool? Send us a brief description (250 words or less). Mail submissions to:

Attn: Parent to Parent, HSLDA
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134

Or email us (include “Parent to Parent” in the subject line) at ComDept@hslda.org

Please include your name and address. Submission deadline is May 18, 2007.

Maps don’t need to take a back seat to computers, though. Use this summer as an opportunity to break out those old maps! They’re outdated and falling apart you say? No problem! RandMcNally.com has great resources such as kids’ maps, atlases, and travel games that can make being on the road this summer a great experience for your family.

Here’s an excellent way to develop map skills. The next time you take a trip, get a map out and let your children see where you're going. Forget MapQuest for the moment; we’re talking about real maps!

First, before clicking your seat belts, pray. Ask for God’s safety, blessing, and guidance. Next, get out the map and show your children where you’re headed, which route you’ll be taking, where you’ll be stopping, and points of interest along the way.

When we traveled from Maryland to North Carolina, we had our then-10-year-old twins act as navigators. They loved being part of the adventure, and it taught them to be helpful and aware of their surroundings. If you’re not taking a big trip, get out a local map and find the way to the park or a friend’s house.

About the author

MaryAnn Gaver and her husband, Jay, have been homeschooling their twin sons for six years.

Please Note

The views of guest columnists may not reflect the views of Home School Legal Defense Association.