Hands-on Learning for Boys

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This is Day 3 in the 31 Days of Peace and Joy at Home Series

(My son balancing on his sister's bed)

Boys . . .





I love having a son. Although I must admit, I have no idea what I am doing half the time! I grew up with a sister and have had to learn a lot about boys while raising one.

One thing I do know is that most boys are not designed to sit at a desk for long periods of time.

(Okay, some boys can sit at a desk for long periods of time. It depends on the boy.)

Embracing the spirit and energy of a son and channeling in into productive activity in which he can learn and thrive, brings peace and joy.

Peace and joy for you as you watch him grow.

Peace and joy for him as he feels accomplished and works in line with the way he was made.

Today the High Five Moms are sharing hands-on learning activities for boys. I'm going to list my ideas below. I'd love to hear yours!

Hands-on Learning Ideas for Boys

An internship – with dad or another trusted male.
Being taken along and involved in work is one of the best ways to learn.

Provide boyish handwork activities like leather work, wood work, and so on. Home Depot has some great free workshops.

Don't discount cooking. Lots of boys love to get in the kitchen and it's a great place to learn practical math skills.

Practice math sums while throwing a ball back and forth. You ask the question and throw. He catches the ball and answers it, then throws the ball back. Or, take turns saying the math sums aloud with each throw.

Make sit down lessons short. And use interesting books. Dry textbooks are painful!

Make books together – Have them write and illustrate books on subjects they are interested in (or you would like them to learn about). Work on it a little at a time. I've found this to be a great way for kids to learn.

Do you have any hands-on learning tips to share? I'd love to hear your ideas!

See what ideas the other High Five Moms are sharing:
(Some may not have their posts up until later today)

Kerimae @ A Happy Home
Brandy @ The Marathon Mom
Jasmine @ Ponder the Path
Andie @ Happy Andersons

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