It can be great having your young children at home throughout the school holidays, but a lack of everyday learning can cause them to lose some of the knowledge they worked so diligently to attain throughout the year. Here are just four ways to prevent any learning loss during the holidays without taxing your kids too hard.
- Take a Holiday
Yes, take a holiday, but see if you can connect your trip with what your child was learning throughout the year. Did they do a project on France? Try taking a weekend break to Paris. Did they study the Romans? Bath, with its famous Roman Baths, can make a great destination for an overnight trip.
- Use Interactive Resources
You can use teaching resource websites to find fun games based around core subjects. Whether you want to help your child retain their familiarity with multiplication tables or help them expand their vocabulary, you can find a game that will be fun enough to keep them engaged and yet educational enough to prevent any learning loss. Remember to tell your kids that they are going to play instead of learn; if you do things right, they’ll never even know you were teaching them during the holidays.
- Visit a Museum
If you can’t afford to take the time off work for a full-blown holiday, or if you already have your holiday sorted for this summer, you should try taking a day-trip to a nearby museum. If you live near London, you can hop on the train to visit world-famous establishments, including the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, Science Museum, and the Imperial War Museum. If you can’t make it to London, you should still be able to find some interesting sites nearby.
- Use Maths Without Them Knowing
Mathematical knowledge tends to be the hardest thing for children to retain. However, you can help make things easier by using maths more practically. For example, you can see if your children want to help you make a cake, and then ask for their help when working out measurements. They’ll need to use fractions and divide things up, so this is a great way to help them retain their skills, and it comes with a mouth-watering conclusion.