The following is from Modern Montessori at Home by Heidi Anne Spietz. Coypright 2007. All rights reserved.
“Now that your child has become more proficient in reading and writing, more avenues than ever are open to him. If your child is a reluctant reader, you may try scheduling a few field trips to whet his appetite for wanting to know more about a given subject. For example, if you live in the Southern California area plan a visit to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. This large museum houses an exquisite rock, mineral, and gem collection, Americana memorabilia, a dinosaur exhibit, marine life exhibit and a botany exhibit to name a few. Luckily, the California Museum of Science and Industry is housed next door and many people go to both museums during one visit.
People living in the eastern part of the United States have a plethora of museums to see. In the state of Massachusetts your family can visit the Berkshire Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Museum of Science to name a few. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you and your child are in for a real treat. This city is full of history, and even the reluctant reader is bound to leave this city with a thirst for more knowledge about our forefathers or American history in general.
Virtually every state in the union has something magnificent to offer. If you live in the Midwest and plan to visit another part of the country, write for a tourist’s guide or do a quick Google search. Once you get the guide, make a note of sites that you know that your child would enjoy seeing. If you will be traveling by car or by train you may want to obtain information about the states that you will be passing through on the way to your destination.
If you live on the east or west coast and are planning a vacation to one of the midwestern states, the preceding suggestions may be of benefit to you as well. Besides prestigious universities and a plentiful amount of museums, the midwestern states have something special to offer. These states are rich with information about agriculture and livestock. Visit the county fair and, talk with the exhibitors. This field trip can be complete, as your child talks with the experts and members of 4-H groups, and spends time seeing and touching the farm animals. Be sure to allocate enough time for driving through the towns so that your child will see the beauty of the countryside. It is one thing to envision what the countryside is like by reading a book about it, and quite another to actually experience it.
Whether your child is a reluctant reader or has an insatiable appetite for reading, you will soon see that these educational experiences have a profound effect upon him. Often, when he reads a story or does some research for a project on a topic that he is familiar with, he can readily identify with it. Why? You have opened up a new world and taken him out of own little microcosm. In so doing, you have given him the tools to help him eventually become a self-actualized human being.”
For some selections on books to read please visit the following websites:
http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/ Farm Country General Store
http://www.excellenceineducation.com/ Excellence in Education
Heidi Anne Spietz