For most kids, summer break is the best time of the year. There are more reasons than one for the same which we don’t need to explain. This time around the year, students get a well-deserved break from school. We as parents also get a well deserving holiday from packing lunches, getting up early, getting our children ready, and driving them to school and what not.
But do you want your child to spend the whole of his vacation staring at his phone and not learn anything? I know, most of you are screaming NO, right now.
By just staring at electronics, all he will do is spoil his intellect. Also, he will end up wasting the whole of vacation doing nothing and maybe regret later. As parents, it is our job to prevent the same.
But, mama its summer vacations… I don’t want to study now.
Yes, it is their summertime. You can’t just force them to sit with their books all the time. But also, you can’t just let time fly. What you can do is add fun and games in his learning pattern.
Speaking of facts now, ‘Games provide a 23 percent gain over traditional learning’- a 2013 research shows that games can increase learning outcomes by two grade levels.
Also, here is a fun fact- your kids won’t even know that they are learning, and you will be amazed how they would be thorough with the entire chapter.
Enjoy family game nights –
Having old fashioned family game nights is a very good option because it has surprising benefits. Every board game has an educational component which your kid will embed. Your kid will enjoy and leverage benefits like a family bond, healthy competition and of course learn and enjoy. Games like scrabble work on your vocabulary, whereas games like monopoly work on your business skill and math or games like Zenga work on critical thinking skills. All are helpful in their own ways.
Adding a fact to the above point, ‘Content is married to game mechanics’- this means games are strong motivators and will help in the overall development of the child.
Let them build –
Most of the kids love to build whether with blocks, legos or anything else. This way they not only keep themselves busy but also are challenged and tested in innovation and invention. As parents, we can gift them with lots of building materials and motivate them to create something new every day. You never know what they will come up with, like a lane, toy, building or a dream.
In summers, kids face a problem of spending their days in a useful manner. Summers should be utilized fully. Gardening will help you with this. By gardening, you learn the skill itself, but at the same time, you plan for the whole summer and also learn to work hard. Plan your own little garden with you kid, nurture them and look at the benefits in your child’s behaviour – by the end of the month they would be calmer, more gracious and so much more.
Add Math to Everyday life –
Math is important. But at the same time, it can be tricky too. Say, for example, if someone develops a math phobia, he would end up hating it and find it the most difficult thing to do. So, to overcome this we should develop its affection in a child from the very start. This can be done by regularly asking your kids to add or subtract or any other variation while he is doing his everyday activities and while he is playing.
Additionally, if your kid is struggling with some specific subject in Math, you can work on that too. I used to be very weak in Algebra and therefore I joined Algebra Summer course and it did wonders. As a parent, it is your responsibility to identify and work on your child’s weak point. Summers provide you with a great opportunity for the same. Many sites like Etutorworld even provide online tutoring to make your work easy.
All successful people have one habit in common – that is to read. I know I have taken this a bit too far but developing a habit of reading during summers will be great for his/her future too. Also, it will prevent him from a summertime backslide and he would enjoy his break reading recreational novels and learning so much more.
Stay Active –