Learn while you play
Summer provides perfect chance to foster learning
OFTEN as parents, the summer holidays are seen as a chance to have fun, enjoy the warm weather and for children to simply enjoy being kids.
At some point of that long, two-month break from school, most parents have and will have asked themselves the question “how am I going to keep them amused today?”
It is often believed that Year 12 is the most important year of school education but, for me, it’s those years around kindy and prep that are the most vital. Why?
Early learning is critical to every student. It is much easier to get them into good habits early in life, than it can be to turn things around later.
So when summer holidays come around, think of those the weeks off not as a time for them to relax and do nothing all day, but a time to have fun, while learning new and valuable skills at the same time.
It’s not only a golden opportunity to help your children once school resumes but you’ll have lots of fun doing it.
Go to see live shows, listen to music, visit the art gallery, or even the nature reserve in Queens Park, these rich experiences are an essential part of learning and fostering children’s interest and knowledge in the world around them.
There is a misconception that you only learn when you’re sitting at a desk doing maths or English. That’s not the case.
Playing outside, balancing, getting messy and dirty, learning to fall off things and brushing yourself off and getting back up again are all important learning experiences.
I always stress the importance of reading together, and not just fiction either. Enjoy a variety of books; if you mix things up, they learn new things every time.
Another idea is to capture the summer holiday experiences … take photos, get your kids to write about them and share their stories with the family. A child may know the letters of the alphabet and know how to write them but they need things to write about. Capturing their experiences will allow them to expand their knowledge base and introduce concepts of storytelling.
Most importantly, during the summer it’s important to get into good habits. It will pay off all year. I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy diet, and a good breakfast, along with good sleep routines.
As teachers, we see easily the difference between children who had a good sleep and breakfast. It’s all in their focus in class. Starting these habits in the holidays will greatly assist new routines of starting school.
Make this summer full of fun and learning for you and your children.
Summer is fun, and a great chance to learn