Holidays are meant to give kids a break from school, but that doesn’t mean they need to take a break from learning. If kids don’t engage their brains during the holidays, they often forget what they’ve worked so hard to learn during the last term/year.
Learning doesn’t have to stop when kids aren’t in school
You may find that kids may be more reluctant to do work during this time, which makes it harder for you to encourage them. However, remember, learning doesn’t have to happen sitting in front of desk, it can happen anywhere. So how can we encourage learning during the holidays? Here are some tips on how to inspire curiosity and keep learning a pleasant activity to be nourished even while out of school.
Tips to keeping kids engaged during the holidays
“Jane wants to come with me grocery shopping, because then she feels she has a say in the meals we prepare together. We often have discussions why I’m choosing one product over another, but now, she even knows to reach for the brown or multi-grain breads over the white bread. It’s giving her an important education on nutrition as well.”
~ Parent of Jane, age 6
Most importantly, remember to have fun. Holidays are given for a reason—almost like a gift for working hard during term time. But it’s also our job to make sure they don’t regress during these times or develop bad habits. After all, we want them to be ready to get back to school when the time comes.
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3. Essential Kids. Keeping kids on track during the holidays. Available at: http://www.essentialkids.com.au/activities/school-holidays/keeping-kids-on-track-during-the-holidays-20091105-hyzi