Learning during the summer holidays is often the last thing on your child’s mind. After a long year of hard work, it’s no surprise that they want to go out and have fun, watch TV and generally avoid schoolwork at all costs. Here at Tutor Doctor we know how important it is that your child continues to learn all year round, especially to ensure that they avoid summer learning loss. That’s why we’ve come up with some great tips on how to make learning fun this summer and not seem like a chore!
1. Make Learning Practical
Making summer learning practical for your children is bound to make it more exciting and enjoyable for them. Try and think outside the box and come up with some easy ways you can incorporate core subjects into daily life. For example, why not get your children to practice fractions with you when you’re cooking by asking them to show you half or a third of a food item. Remember, practical learning doesn’t have to be confined to the kitchen. We’ve got some great blog posts that may give you some ideas ‘3 fun science experiments you can do at home’ and ‘Easy ways to help your kids practice maths at home.’
2. Play Games
Playing games with your kids is a really easy way to make learning fun. Card games are excellent for helping your child learn numbers, whereas board games are great for spelling and word practice, building up problem solving skills and just generally testing their general knowledge. As your children learn, why not add in a few harder games that rely less on chance and more on strategy?
3. Take Trips
Taking day trips with your child or the whole family is a super fun way to learn during the summer. Try and think about what projects your kids have to work on during the break and choose places that will benefit them. For example, if they have a science project to complete, a visit to the science museum will not only be a fantastic day out but very educational. If your kids are learning about the history of their country, take them to some historic sites or buildings.
4. Think about what your child enjoys the most
Have a think about what your child loves the most and see if there are any ways you can incorporate learning into their favourite activity. If your child likes reading books, why not get them to write their own fiction story? By doing this they will not only get to practice reading and writing skills, it’s also great handwriting practice! Maybe they love all things space- you could perhaps get your child to create a colourful space poster for their bedroom or take a trip to the science museum. Trust us, this is one of the easiest ways to get their brains active and thinking, not to mention learning without having to ask twice!
Remember when learning with your children during the holidays, always be positive and encouraging. Always focus on the progress they are making and make sure your child understands that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process. We guarantee that with your help, learning won’t be a chore this summer and something they can enjoy and have fun with- they may even look forward to it!