Map Out a Road Trip!
There’s nothing quite like the misery of a nine-year-old stuck on a car trip for hours on end. Never mind that nowadays kids can use iPods and portable DVD players. Never mind that cars themselves are more comfy than ever. And perish the thought that any destination—even the most Ultra Six Flags Water World-o-Rama—could pierce the consciousness of a really bored kid.
Indeed, if you’ve ever been a parent on one of those trips, you know you’d do just about anything to make it more bearable. And, as a matter of fact, you have an ally in your child’s teacher. It so happens that in fourth grade, kids are learning important new skills in geography, social studies and math…and your family trip can be a fabulous time to reinforce them.
So here’s a teacher tip: try harnessing some of that impatience. Use an ordinary map, highlighter, pencil and paper to turn your fourth grader into a Time-Traveler:
What You Need:
- Road map (the paper kind!)
- paper and pen