Summer Learning

In our family, summer continues throughout the summer. Here are some of the books we’ve enjoyed reading and some of the MOOCs we use to learn. No affiliate links here; just my personal recommendations.


The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements
by Sam Kean

How to Read the Constitution–and Why by Kim Wehle

Math with Bad Drawings: Illuminating the Ideas That Shape Our Reality by Ben Orlin

The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics
by Tim Harford

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling , Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman


When it comes to MOOCs, there are plenty about specific subjects: bitcoin, graphic design and data science. There are popular courses in learning a language and beginning computer programming. Here are a few my children have taken and enjoyed:

Miracles of Human Language


Roman Architecture

We also use our summer time to prepare for the next year’s AP classes.

How about you?

What are the books you are reading to keep your learning strong?

How do you structure your daily efforts to devote time to learning?

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