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Surfing

In the good old summertime, it is perfect for catching waves along the Coast, splashing in pools when the temperature rises or feeling the burn from biking across country. What pleasures the outdoor brings!

Summertime is also the ideal time for study.

No, this is not-an attempt to ruin anyone’s summer vacation. You see, almost every-activity in life has an educational bent if you look for it. Positive experiences broaden our horizons and even improve our reasoning ability.

Think about it. What is learned from hiking in the forest or walking on the beach? Hang gliding, juggling and riding a unicycle all have little built-in physics lessons. And learning to cook over a fire pit involves kitchen chemistry. By staying alert, even a trip to the mall might prove enlightening. Looking for learning opportunities is a game anyone can play!

And when we’re back in the classroom, new experiences and physical activities provide a tangible means with which to align our studies. We are so used to getting our information from books and documentaries that we often overlook that this same viewpoint can and should be applied to the great outdoors.

My six-year old granddaughter reminds me how much she learns from the environment every time she visits. She always beelines for the backyard to hunt for lizards, toads or any kind of living creature she can find. My husband and I have come to know the importance of keeping an assortment of containers on hand so she’ll have a home for her newfound friends. And she is intensely interested in adding theory to her practical studies. She knows where our animal and insect books are kept and pores over them until she finds a photo that matches her latest discovery. Then she asks us to help her read about it so she will know the animal’s specific name, what it eats and how she can help it survive.

Perhaps the ultimate outdoor learning experience is caring for plants, animals and our environment. After all it is easy to see how we benefit across the boards when we show love and respect to Mother Earth. She teaches us significant lessons when we care for her creatures or create habitats for them, when we plant the seeds of flowers or vegetables and watch them peek out from under the dirt. Nature gives us the real world in which to compare the words written in our science texts.

So this summer visit new places, enjoy the thrill of outdoor activities and the beauty of the natural environment, but look closely. Hidden in the playground of life are lessons. They are there, just waiting to be learned.

OceanSurf’s up!
Sea beckons
I see it
I am my board
My board is me
Running toward it
Like the wind
My heart soars
I catch it
I ride it
Suddenly,
Unexpectedly
I become it
I am the perfect wave!

Is there someone you know who would like to receive school credits for their summer activities? Tell them to join us online for the summer at Applied Scholastics Online Academy!

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Woman with hat

Some teenagers seem to develop an attitude toward their high school studies. They may even view high school as a trial to test their endurance rather than a pleasurable opportunity for learning.

Is this the way it should be? No – not really.

The youthful joy of learning, so evident in Kindergarten, may have been entirely squelched by high school.

Buckminster Fuller summarized it by saying, “What usually happens in the educational process is that the faculties are dulled, overloaded, stuffed and paralyzed so that by the time most people are mature they have lost their innate capabilities.”

Einstein quipped, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

The educational philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard addresses this problem at its source. In the Applied Scholastics Educator’s Course, he said, “Now, all subjects educational-wise should start out then with purpose. And this purpose should be very carefully delineated against the real world of the person who is doing the studying.”

As educators, we may firmly believe our students will benefit from what we have to teach them. The problem is do the students believe they will benefit? It comes down to what the student wants to do in life. We’re talking about the student’s purpose here. How do we align his study with his purpose?

Well, we first have to find out what his purpose is. We have to ask questions and take the answers seriously rather than think, “Oh yeah, we have that covered.” It is usually about what the school and his teachers want for him; not what he wants. The student can tell the difference. He knows when we are really listening and he knows if an educational program is delineated against his world and aligns with his purposes.

If he is presented with such a program, he will see for himself that his needs are covered and that the required basics really do align with what he personally wants. listening and he knows if an educational program is delineated against his world and aligns with his purposes.

When the student knows that his personal goals are at the center of his educational program his attitude toward learning changes big time. Now it’s a game he wants to play.

You really can change a student’s attitude toward learning, we see it daily.

Testimonial from one of our students:

Zach

Zach on his surf board

An Awesome Program
“My name is Zach and I’m passionate about surfing!
“But high school was a different story – I hated it. All I wanted to do was get it over with.
“But that was before I found APS Online distance learning. I couldn’t believe it – the first assignment my online teacher gave me aligned with my love for surfing.
“Now after only two months on the program, I actually enjoy studying.
“APS Online insists I study those things I have a purpose for and am interested in studying. Of course there are subjects I need in order to graduate but APS Online knows how to incorporate my interests so even the required subjects are fun for me.
“This program is beyond awesome – I recommend it to anyone.”
— Zach

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