With the summer holidays around the corner, one of the many things on the minds of parents is not only how to keep the little darlings occupied over the summer but also how to make sure that they don’t fall behind with their learning. I recently read that as many as one in three children can fall behind as a result of the seven week break. Teachers spend the first four to six weeks of a new term going over work that was taught in the previous terms. So, what can be done about this? By making sure that learning is done throughout the holidays in a fun but educational way. Here is are a list of ways that it can be achieved.
- Transform everyday routines into “learning moments” – The simplest tasks can offer learning opportunities. Cooking is a great way for kids to practice basic measuring and Maths skills. Writing a grocery list promotes vocabulary, spelling and handwriting.
- Teach about money – Use newspapers as teaching tools, let them calculate their pocket money for the things they would like. Sites like ‘Rooster bank‘ can help with them understanding money.
- Family game nights – Get the children to organise the family game nights. Scrabble, Taboo and crossword puzzles is a great way for your kids to polish up on their spelling.
- Travel the world without leaving home – Use the atlas to plan journeys, explore different cultures, even plan family menus’ around a particular country.
- Record summer memories in a journal – summer activities are abound and there are no better way to capture those memories than keeping a journal. Writing about events allows children to tell a story, boost their vocabularies , and practice grammar and spelling.
- Go on field trips – trips to art, science and history museums, open up all kinds of activities that are related to history, Maths, science, geography and social studies.
- Guides such as ‘Step outside’ are great way to have a free days out while exploring London and brush up on history.
- Put on a show – Music, art and drama are proven to help foster well-rounded learners. Encourage them to write their own play or musical, design sets and perform for friends and family. If they like visual arts like painting and drawing, turn your living room into a gallery.
- Encourage children to connect with other children – Pen pal or book club over the summer is free and great way of engaging reading and writing, English and literature.
- Turn your computer time into learning time – Before or child use the computer for leisure, have them complete education exercise online.
- Get help – The use of a tutor can be beneficial, especially for those children who had struggled during the school year. The quieter time of the summer holiday can give them the time to catch up, without the pressure of going to school.
- Conduct ‘ Kitchen science’ experiments – There are a number of experiments that can be done at home, including reacting baking soda and vinegar to erupt volcanoes, making stalagmites and stalactites using baking soda and growing sugar crystal to make rock candy. Libraries will have books on child friendly science activities.
- Write a book – Promote creative writing and drawing and practice grammar and spelling with this activity. Get them to write and illustrate their own stories. Once their manuscript is complete, get together and bind it into a book for them to keep.
- Make the most of rainy days – Get them to talk about the weather. Encourage creative and descriptive language. Get them to research how and why it rains, draw pictures or write a story about the weather.
- Every day …Read – there is nothing better. Stories opens doors the imaginary worlds and gets them to see things in a different light.
- But most of all – HAVE FUN.
There are many other ways in which learning can be carried out. Start thinking now on how you will sneak in that extra learning. Until next time.