Maybe homeschooling was fun for some of you, but I know I spent a lot of my time grumbling to myself about having to learn adding and subtracting again. Now that summer is here, we have a new opportunity, parents! We can do a very different kind of learning at home that will enrich our lives as much as our children’s. We can learn the skills, crafts, and arts we’ve always wanted to, and bring our kids along for the ride.
The beauty of this new age of online education is that you never have to feel embarrassed about being the oldest or youngest in the classroom. You also have so many options at your fingertips. You can learn guitar or painting, bike repair or knot-tying, art history or Japanese or the latest coding languages, all in your home. You can take some of them as real, live courses with an instructor teaching a class (or just you). Or you can opt for the more flexible on-demand videos or multi-media sites to absorb your new knowledge at your leisure.
What we’ve listed here are courses that are either targeted at adults or children — no one has officially caught on to our innovative idea of intergenerational learning. But we think that both you and your kids will learn something new from all of them, regardless of your actual grade level. Whether these new skills turn into a lifelong hobby for you or maybe a career for your child, or you both decide to drop it next month, the best part of this will be the memories you create learning together.
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