Many families learn through regular activities together. They visit museums, read books out loud, or watch documentary videos. They might talk about nature during a hike, discuss aviation during a flight, or explore math during a shopping trip. Learning happens everywhere and it subtly supports what a child does in school.
While the opportunity to learn is all around us, one fun suggestion is to complete a puzzle a month with your family. Select puzzles that support current school learning. You can figure this out by looking at the Common Core Standards at http://www.corestandards.org. Select specific topics and then find puzzles to complete as a family. As you are completing the puzzle, talk about why it is relevant and what they are learning in school. Some of our favorite puzzles include:
- Ravensburger USA Map 300 Piece Puzzle, Ravensburger
- Rainforest Cardboard Floor Puzzle, Melissa and Doug
- Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle, GeoWorld
- World Map Puzzle, Round World
- Solar System Puzzle, Melissa and Doug
Make some popcorn and hot chocolate and settle in for an educational family night completing fun puzzles!