Joyful Learning Network Newsletter - Weekly Wave of Joy #5
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Hello Joyful Learning Network,

The end is near ... the end of the school year, that is! In addition to sharing some fabulous new stuff around schools and the education system we will focus space in the next few weeks to families and summer opportunities. Let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like us to highlight!

Family Meals
A great way for families to share, both during the school year and during the summer is around food. This is just what the Family Dinner Project is all about. It is an amazing resource for recipes, conversation starters, fun ideas, and more. Dinner is also a great time to focus in on sharing your three good things from your day, or you may prefer the sharing routine we use in our household (also used by the Obamas if you are looking for an additional recommendation), “rose and thorn” - where we go around the table and everyone shares both a rose (something that made you happy) and a thorn (something that made you sad) from the day.

Question for the Week
What are your favorite questions to ask around the dinner table?
Check out the forums section of the website … we’re hoping this will be a great place to start some good conversations and discussions on all topics - starting with the one above! Jump in with your answers and see what other people have to say!

Online Learning
There are some great websites out there - check out our “Online” page - that provide some great ideas for fun online activities on hot days. Here’s one (thanks, Steve!) that provides not only educational software, but offers a free subscription to a program for online software activities creation.

Summer Activities
The summer is almost upon us. This means for more time for joyful learning at home! Check out this great article in the San Francisco Chronicle. First it highlights ideas around exploring nature in the summer, then focuses on amazing projects that you can make inexpensively - like the ones at MakeProjects - Awesome! Let’s get some discussion going on
other fantastic summer ideas for bringing joyful learning to your children and your family.

We really appreciate whenever you
send us links and ideas - and are excited that we’ve been hearing from friends who have now heard about the Joyful Learning Network not just from us but from other sources. The word is spreading, thanks to you - keep up the good work!

With love and joy,
Jason and Amy

To Do List
1. Tweet a joyful moment to #JLNjoy
2. Post to the JLN Facebook page
3. Send in your favorite videos/books/organizations, tips, and ideas
4. Talk about joyful learning at least once in the next week to someone new
5. Tell a friend about the Joyful Learning Network ;)

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