This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Although we have visited Chicago many times with our kids, one spot we have yet to check out is the Museum of Science and Industry. They aim to remedy that by providing me with complimentary passes and compensation in exchange for sharing this giveaway and program with you. So really, it’s a win win win. All opinions and failures are soeley mine and mine along.
We hear daunting phrases from educators about what happens to kids during the summer like ‘summer brain drain’ and ‘summer slide’. Easy, fluffy books are called ‘summer reads’. As if letting our brains go on vacation for a few months is a bad thing…
I don’t buy it. Nope; not for a second. I don’t think summer is the time for sliding or draining, even though most kids are not in school. I think of it more as cross training. Rather than a structured, teacher-led series of lessons, summer is the perfect time to pretend you are a homeschooler. It’s the perfect time to let kids dig into things they are interested in, regardless of whether or not they fit into a curriculum. It’s the perfect time for lots and lots of science experiments.
The Museum of Science and Industry has a fantastic free online science program to keep kids ‘cross training’ all summer long. It’s called the Summer Brain Games. Once you sign up, they will send you an online kit that features an experiment or scientific challenge that kids can do at home. Most of the supplies are things you have anyway, and the beauty is that once you do a science experiment with your kids, you can pretty much let them watch TV for the rest of the day.
I kid… my children got so fired up after doing science experiments they decided to parlay their enthusiasm into baking a chocolate cake, figuring out how to substitute applesauce for eggs (um, I need to get to the grocery store…), and then frosting the cake, along with about 25% of my kitchen. Your results may vary. Hopefully they are equally delicious, and less messy.
You should go and sign up. Really. It’s free! And fun. And it’s offered in English and in Spanish, so make sure you share with friends who speak Spanish, too!
We did a few experiments and while they did not turn out ‘right’; the kids had to figure out why and that, in my pretend homeschooler opinion, is the best way to learn something.
Before you begin an experiment, make sure you AND your kids have read through the directions. If they don’t know what the process is, they are just obeying commands and will learn better if they are running the show (as much as that is possible).
And… if you register for Summer Brain Games, you will get a free pass to go to the Museum of Science and Industry this summer!
That is awesome!
The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages. Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.