Parents are always looking for ways to make the most out of the summer break for their children. For some, they believe it is the ideal time for a rest and just have fun. For others, they want to keep their children busy and give them as many activities to participate in as possible. There are no right answers as it all depends on your child.
We believe that it is crucial to maintain a learning routine during the holidays. This way, children will not become complacent and will easily get back into the school routine in the coming year, not taking any risks of falling behind. Studies have shown that children’s academic skills drop after resting through a long vacation. This decrease is especially significant for children between ages eight and 13.
On the other hand, after a whole year of rigorous and intense learning and work, your child needs a break to prevent overload and burnouts. So how do we do this to balance out both learning and rest? The last thing anyone wants is for their child to be glued to their screens for too long.
With our Summer Head Start Programs, we do the teaching for you. No more last minute purchases of workbooks, without knowing which ones are actually effective or having to sit down for hours on end helping your child with their comprehension skills or decimal calculations. Our lessons help set a routine with your child to learn and discuss and give their brains a workout without inconveniencing your routine. We cover concepts for the coming year to boost your child’s confidence at school.
With our classes being facilitated online, you can still plan a getaway with your family while maintaining a routine. For working parents, this is the time where you can also schedule your meetings and calls without having your child asking for their video game consoles or any other distractions to draw your attention away from the important work you do.
So what does this mean for you and your child? Agree on a schedule together. Let them have a say in what they want to do. Put down the “non-negotiables” so they understand the expectations, but also know what they can be looking forward to.
For the rest of the day, here are a few suggestions to keep your child both mentally and physically active outside of learning time:
Have a discussion with your children about different topics each day. They can be educational, thought-provoking, or even entertaining.
Allocate a set time for reading, e.g. before dinner, before bed, etc.
Play board games or card games
You can also put school learning into practical use, such as:
Bake a cake with your child and ask them to rewrite the recipe (if they are up for challenge, do it from memory).
Write a procedure on how to mow the lawn.
Map out a route for a day trip to the national park.
Go grocery shopping and ask them to estimate the cost (Maths mentals!) as you go.
Budget for the family and calculate grocery expenses for the week, or for a party.
Use these activities for family bonding time.
Above all, maintain a balance, stay safe and have fun as you know what’s best for your child!