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Going My Own Way
Volume 112, Program 38
Airdate: 6/27/2012
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What would your son or daughter really like to do this summer? If you don’t know the answer to that question, maybe you should ask! Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith explores the possibilities of self-directed learning during the summer break.

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Mike Smith:
Last time, we thought about the importance of giving your children time to just be children this summer. Having time to think and dream is good for children of all ages! But as your students get older, there's another level of self-direction they can explore during the summer.

Even if you don’t normally use a child-directed approach to learning, summer is a great time to let your student really explore his own interests. That might be simple, like checking out books from the library on a topic that interests him. Or it might be a little more involved!

One local family has a high school-age son who’s interested in agriculture. Since his parents come from white-collar professional backgrounds, they networked with friends to find a family on the other side of the country who had a ranch where their son could work over the summer. The experience confirmed for the young man that he does want to pursue farming, so he’s applying now to study agricultural science in college.

While your student may not discover her vocational calling over the summer, this is a perfect time to branch out, explore, research, or volunteer. And, as much as you may want a particular future for your children, it’s their own interests, strengths, and skills that must ultimately carry them forward. So give them a chance to start making their way by exploring what intrigues them now.

And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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