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Educational Travel with Kids—Tips for the Road

Do you have plans for spring break? Are you hoping to take your kids somewhere that’s both fun AND educational? Perhaps you’re traveling to a destination where fun is guaranteed, like Hawaii. Or maybe you’re dragging your kids to a place where fun is not quite as built in, like to visit relatives on their farm in the flatlands of the Midwest. How ever will you fill the days?!

The great thing about the United States is that you can take your kids to any state and find interesting local or regional history to teach them. Here are a few tips to make your trip educational and fun for your kids:

Welcome, Spring! Wait? Haven’t You Been Here Awhile?

Based on the workings of the solar system, spring has officially sprung! In the Northeast it feels like spring sprang weeks ago. Fall sort of faded into winter this year, and winter, what we had of it, felt like a faint spell before it surrendered itself, without hope of a fight, over to spring, which, yesterday, actually felt like summer and promises to continue for the next few days.

What’s with our seasons imitating one another?!

Bossy Brains

It’s Brain Awareness Week! Our acknowledgement of this week as brain awareness week might seem slightly off topic from our normal book-related blog posts. But in reality, the brain is related to everything, and it’s especially related to reading! The Dana Foundation provides a wealth of information about current brain topics and research. It also provides a link to some wonderful kids’ activities and information. It includes fun, readable articles like “The Brain is the Boss,” which gives a great overview of all the parts of the brain and their functions, as well as ways to keep the brain healthy. We all know the importance of a happy, healthy boss!

Elbows Off the Table but Books Can Stay On

March is National Reading Month, which got started March 2nd with National Reading Day in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Here at Nomad, we of course have a particular enthusiasm for recognizing this. It sounds sort of silly to acknowledge one month out of the whole year as our national month to read; however, it’s a chance to encourage some of the ways we can bring reading to the forefront of our lives. And even if that happens one day out of this month, it’s worth it.

What we want to encourage this month is not finding the best books to read, but instead finding (or creating) a better time to read them. Take this story for example. In Saginaw, Michigan more than 200 people participated in an event called “Books for Breakfast.” On Saturday March 3rd books came with breakfast just like a side of bacon. It’s a small annual event to help families spend time reading together. It’s a morning to make reading as central to our lives as eating. Sounds simple enough to do every morning.

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