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Chicago Museum of Science & Industry – FREE Days

Posted by freeschool on December 24, 2007

falcon

For those of you in the Chicagoland area like me, keep in mind that the Museum of Science and Industry has lots of free days in January (January 12th through 31st), in celebration of their 75th anniversary.

You’ll still have to pay to get into the Star Wars exhibit though, but you can sit inside a life-size replica of the Millenium Falcon!

via Chicago Homeschool Habitat

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Dangerous things you should let your kids do

Posted by freeschool on December 24, 2007

“Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, talks about our new wave of overprotected kids — and spells out 5 (and really, he’s got 6) dangerous things you should let your kids do. Allowing kids the freedom to explore, he says, will make them stronger and smarter and actually safer.” See the video here.  Via Parent Hacks.

Here are the six things:

  1. Play with fire.
  2. Own a pocket knife.
  3. Throw a spear.
  4. Deconstruct appliances.
  5. Break the DMCA.
  6. Drive a car.

Watch the video to see why you should let your kids do these dangerous things.
See also The Dangerous Book for Boys and the Daring Book for Girls.

 

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14 Educational Games to Teach Your Kids About Business

Posted by freeschool on December 24, 2007

money

eMoms at home lists fourteen educational games you can use to teach your kids about business.  Here’s a summary:

Board Games

  • Monopoly – “the grandfather of all money & investment games”
  • KidsWealth Money Kit – “teach kids to manage real money in a safe, structured, and supported manner”
  • Stock Rush Game – “all the basic principles of trading used in the real world”

Computer Games

Also included in the post are a couple Pretend and Play items for younger kids, and a lemonade stand and lemonade maker to put your kid’s skills to use.

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