The 6 week summer holiday break is a highly anticipated time for most children.
When building sandcastles on the beach under the blazing sun with the remains of a Mr Whippy ice cream splattered on their chin, school work can sometimes seem but a distant memory to a lot of children.
However, there are ways in which you can encourage your child’s learning over the summer holidays, without them even knowing.
Write Postcards to Friends and Family
If you are planning to go on holiday this summer, consider buying a postcard to send home to your friends and family to give your child an opportunity to hone their writing skills.
A lot of children will jump at the chance to detail their adventures to their friends and family, which means they will be practising their punctuation, spelling and grammar skills, and having fun while doing it.
Try to incorporate reading time into your child’s summer routine. Reading is a great way to relax your child while strengthening their language and emotional development.
Try to encourage your child to read for at least 15 minutes every night.
Board games like Monopoly and Scrabble are both fun and educational. Particularly useful for a rainy day, board games provide a number of benefits for your child.
Not only do they offer endless fun, it has been scientifically proven that board games can also significantly improve your memory and reduce stress.
Cooking can be a great bonding experience for parents and children, and offers many educational benefits too. Cooking uses measurements, fractions, temperatures and telling the time which can all contribute to increasing your little one’s maths skills.
Cooking also requires general skills like reading and following directions, so it has all round positive impacts on children.
Standing only inches away from roaring lions and leaping monkeys, it’s no surprise that zoos are often a child’s favourite day out.
However, zoos also feature lots of learning activities. When you take your child to the zoo, encourage them to stop and read the descriptions of each animal along the way, to practice their reading skills and improve their understanding of the world around them.
Kids Clubs Near Me
One way to encourage learning and development during the holidays is to send your child to a kids club.
At Little Acorns Day Nursery, we offer half-term and after school holiday clubs in the Eastleigh and Hedge End area, so that you can enjoy some quality free time while your child participates in engaging activities.
When you choose Little Acorns Day Nursery, you can rest assured your child will find her or himself in a caring and nourishing haven.
If you are interested in our childcare facilities, contact us here for additional information on the services we provide.