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Hands-on Learning

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I should just put this baby on summer cruise control, because I’m not going to think about school for the next two months and neither should you.

Hands-on learning? Everyone knows hands-on learning is the best way to learn. High schools and colleges advertise and promote it … and your children are doing it every day of SUMMER.

Just this morning, my two youngest boys Cal (8) and Jed (6) were outside early. In fact, when I came down for breakfast, Cal walked in through the front door dressed in shorts and wearing big heavy winter gloves. Instantly, my mind went on alert at the sight and I said, “What are you doing?”

“Dad, there are a ton of ants outside … come and see.”

There were a ton of ants swarming on our sidewalk, eating whatever ants eat, and my kids were learning! But I didn’t spoil the moment by pointing out thoraxes and ant patterns, I just said, “Cool!” and left them to observe.

Mom, go and do the same. Let your kids do summer. Refuse to point out thoraxes, and then if you want … count it as 60 days of your school year, because the real honest truth is: they will learn more by hands-on learning and exploration than they will staring into the pages of a book.

You can put that in the bank.

Be real … and pick up some ant spray,



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Wings to Soar Online Academy offers Custom Learning Plans for each student preK-12th. Our Hands-On Rental Kits make it easy to encourage hands-on science explorations providing an instruction book and harder-to-find materials. Available 2014 for K-2, 3-5, and 6-9 Physical Science to supplement any science curriculum or our online courses.



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If you have a teenager that likes to write poetry, TOS would like to publish his/her poem in the 2015 Annual Print Book (Big Book).

We are looking for poems that are 300 words or less about any of the following topics:

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Please send your submissions to Heather at by July 5, 2014. We will be selecting 10 poems. So have your teen get his/her pen and paper out and possibly get published in the next TOS Big Book!



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