The family meeting on this occasion was a casual, right after family dinner event. I just said, "Guys, I need to talk to you. We have a problem. The younger kids (middle school age) don't know basic history. (They get a deer in the headlights look when I ask basic questions that every American should know the answer to.) What can we do about this?"
Fortunately, my two older boys are really into history. They have been very motivated to learn on their own. They honestly know more about it than I do.
They said, "Just make them read the text books that we read."
Duh. I was trying to make learning fun, which I still think is the best way to go, but in this case my efforts at fun actually made things worse.
Sometimes you just have to crack open that text book and get some straightforward information the good old-fashioned way. (Click to Tweet)
The younger kids aren't excited about the plan, but sometimes parenting is about doing what's best for your child, not what's the most fun in the moment.(Click to Tweet)
Are there any areas in school where your family has fallen off the bandwagon this year? Do you have a solution yet? Maybe we can all brainstorm together.