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Arkansas Adventures: Cures for the Back-to-School Blues


Many children get nervous as August creeps up on the calendar, fearful that their summer of freedom is almost over. But there are many creative ways to use incredible Arkansas attractions, museums, state parks, nature centers and local destinations to make learning a part of an everyday experience. Take on Arkansas adventures and use the last month of summer to ease back into learning while still making great memories and discovering new places.

In our home, we try to use mornings for learning and afternoons for play. Of course, sometimes that gets flip-flopped and all mixed up. But, as it turns out, those tend to be the days that are talked about most, when we use everyday moments for education.


This typically includes writing, creative writing, journalism, oral communication, speech and drama:

— Visit a local library or bookstore. Lots of Arkansas libraries have summer reading programs with points accumulating to prizes. Incorporating a little reading time is a great way to keep expanding your child’s mind and take them on adventures from the pages of a book.

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This area typically involves traditional mathematics areas like geometry, algebra, geometry but can include computer science and invention:

Social Studies

This typically includes contemporary history, historical accounts, geography, cultural and global studies, civics and government, and personal finance:

Natural Science

This area typically includes physical science, life science, biology, chemistry, physics, and ecology or outdoor exploring. Get this kind of education all over the Natural State:

Fine Arts

The topics that typically fall into elective areas build on a flex schedule based on a student’s interest and career goals. Summer plans should do the same:

Career Focus

Final Challenge

Create an “inspector” day and dig into a fun fact that would scratch the curiosity itch for your family. Get online or in a local history museum and research, find a destination that will teach you more or interview someone on their experiences. A few resources to get you started:


Here are a few more Arkansas Adventures to make the most of the remaining dog days of summer:

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.

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