Posted on 2nd December 2018 By: In-home Tutors
With the summer holidays rapidly approaching, parents are scratching their heads for ways to entertain kids while keeping learning going. The temptation is to focus on fun at the expense of education, but multiple research studies have confirmed the importance of staying engaged with learning during long breaks.
Fortunately, there are many activities that are both fun and educational.
Here are some things families can do together to ensure kids continue to learn over the break:
- Watch movies. No child is going to disagree with this one. The great thing about movies is they provide opportunities to discuss themes, plot and character development which will help kids excel in English. When it comes to choosing quality movies that children will enjoy, parents are spoilt for choice.
- Write stories and scripts. Writing is one of the first skills to atrophy during long breaks. Composing stories together will keep your kids writing skills sharp. Kids love making videos, so encourage them to write their own scripts and take part in their movies and plays.
- Visit the library. Simply visiting your local library and relaxing in air-conditioned comfort as you browse books and magazines together teaches kids that reading is an enjoyable leisure activity. This is a perfect way to turn them into lifelong readers.
- Listen to audio books. Most parents know it’s important to read with their kids, but audio books are another great way to engage with literature. You can listen to audio books on a long car trips and have enriching discussions about what you’ve heard.
- Cook. There are so many skills to be learnt in the kitchen. Through spending time cooking with parents, kids learn to plan, read recipes and measure ingredients. At the end you’ll have a yummy treat to enjoy together!
- Play boardgames. Holidays are the perfect time for families to enjoy boardgames. Kids can even get creative and design their own. You might want to teach your child to play chess or card games to really get their neurotransmitters firing.
- Conduct science experiments. From worm farms to building lava lumps and volcanos, there are many great science-related activities families can do together that kids will relish.
- Go on adventures. Neuroscience has found that the brain grows when it’s exposed to new environments. Taking kids to places they’ve never been is a perfect way to keep them mentally alert. Jump on a bus or train and visit somewhere new. The possibilities are endless.
These are just some of the ways you can keep learning going in the summer break while spending quality family time together.
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