Holidays are coming up and your children are excited to have a break, relax, sleep late, watch TV, and see their friends. It is important however that your child is still doing some educational activities during these holiday weeks.
Here are some ideas:
Reading, reading and more reading! If you don’t have books at home then you could go to the local library. Your child should be encouraged to read stories they enjoy and that are at a level that is suitable for them. As a family you could read books together.
Playing board games. There are some really great board games out there that you can play together. Games like Scrabble, 30 seconds, and Pictionary are great for spelling and increasing vocabulary. Games like monopoly are good for entrepreneurship and maths. Even simple games like cards or snakes and ladders are good for counting and learning to take turns.
Have a family quiz night.
Creating scrapbooks and collages.
Writing stories, creating comics, or journaling about the holiday.
Going on educational outings such as to the zoo or a museum.
Building different structures and objects using recyclable material or building blocks.
Practice measuring at home by letting your children help you with cooking and baking.
If you have a tablet or phone, you can download educational games for your child to play.
If your child loves TV, try encourage them to also watch some educational programs such as nature documentaries.
It is fine to let your kids have some TV, phone and tablet time but make sure they are balancing this out with outside play, social activities, educational activities, and helping with chores around the house.
Words by the Sparrow School’s Educational Trust Speech Therapist, Samantha Bolton.
Bolton’s educational background:
Advanced Diploma in Remedial Education (UJ) In Progress; Post Graduate Certificate in Education – Intermediate and Senior Phase (UNISA) ; BA Psychology Honours degree; (University of Johannesburg) CUM LAUDE; BA degree Psychological Counseling (UNISA) CUM LAUDE.