Tinkering; Do you do it? Do you encourage your kids to tinker?

I keep hearing this work, “tinkering” as a “new term” but really its what many of us did as kids and apparently researchers have determined it needs to be brought back and I get it! Kids no longer have time to hang out and mess around like they did when I was a kid – parents beware – you can change this!

How you say? Encourage your children, girls and boys to tinker with legos, electronic equipment, computers, craft materials, sewing, painting, whatever medium they like! If its broken let them open it up and check it out! Of course, make sure its unpluged so they don’t get hurt. If they find a real interest there are places they can go to learn more if you can’t help them yourself. You might even find it fun and take some classes too!

Have you heard of Tech Shop in Ballston? Check it out! Here’s the link http://techshop.ws
In Reston you can check out – Nova Labs – http://www.nova-labs.org/
And coming in Loudoun is http://www.Makersmith.org

Tinkering, sewing, painting are all processes that encourage children to THINK. Its so important that on the Common App, student with Makers experience will be able to share that, check it out at http://www.slideroom.com/blog/Maker_portfolio.html

In 2015, students can be whatever they want to be, they can choose traditional education or non – traditional education and this is fantastic.

Summer Camps for career choices

When my daughter was in third grade she went to horse camp, Camp Rim Rock! she loved it and went back for several years, lots of fun, camaraderie and things to do that she would not not ordinarily get to do. This is what summer camp is about, a way for children to glimpse into other areas that may or may not interest them. For children that don’t have a strong interest in any one thing going to camps that offer lots of things to do, even things they may not want try because when their peers try them and love them, they might too.

As she grew older, we tried, modeling camp, design camp, interior design camp, these were dream careers, but she realized through this process they weren’t her dreams.

I wish then I knew about camps that offered robotics, programming and gaming as they would have surely been enlightening to her and may have sparked the technology bug earlier giving her an edge in todays world.

In today’s world every child needs to be enlightened by technology and the careers they might dream of…lipstick engineer? The thing is that your 8 or 9 year old couldn’t possibly know what they might want to do when they are 22 because many of the jobs haven’t been created yet. So go ahead and find a summer camp that is out of this world, off the charts and gives your student a new dream!