When are kids old enough to gather information on family activities?
Erik's kids are 11 and 13. I'm aware that in school they already have assignments that require them to do research. I also know that kids have differing maturity levels and developmentally, some have better comprehension than others.
I believe in teaching kids at a young age to be responsible with age appropriate activities. When they spend time with us on alternate weekends and sometimes longer during the summer months, I want them to believe and feel empowered to look into/research the kinds of activities we can do as a family or activities they can do individually or with each other.
Erik's son (age 13) is in the back talking/mouthy stage. He also has Asbergers. I try to be patient with him, and some of his comments are very rude and inappropriate. I know he is just being honest, but it comes across as complaining and him feeling disappointed that we can't do what he wants because it's not in our budget. I especially want him to have the experience of researching an activity so he understands the costs and anything else that it entail so the activity will be successful from start to finish, even the preparation part.
Just wondering what you moms are doing to help your kids progress so they're learning at home just as much as when they're in the class room. More specifically, the moms with older kids or the moms who grew up having to do for themselves...what are some learning techniques you've used on your kids or how did you cultivate your research skills in your youth? How do you guide your kids so they are making the phone calls and gathering the information?
We have 2 laptops so if we have them research what activities they are interested in having us do as a family, and we lay out the different factors they need to look up and put them in writing, I think they'll get a head start for sure and research will hopefully become a way of life. Before I was into research, I use to make big decisions on the fly and want the kids to have experiences considering x,y,z factors.
You've described Erik's son to the "T" in your last paragraph..lol He is a "Did you know?..." kind of kid and can keep a convo going with facts he's picked up along the way.