1. My son’s summer reading list doesn’t look like the other kids’.Guiding us through the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Photo: Rory Moulton
Yes, indeed, that is Lonely Planet and Rick Steves on my son’s summer reading list.
What’s not included: innumerable museum plaques and informational pamphlets, a dozen different metro and city maps, countless bus, train and subway schedules, menus in eight different languages, a week’s worth of London’s free commuter rag Metro and a whole plethora of other worldview-developing and vocabulary-building texts that were not on the recommended summer reading list.
2. We neglected to do those summer study materials.
But we got hands-on — medieval sundials, Renaissance-era astrolabes, WWII uniforms, scientific experiments, Roman ruins…