Ahh, Summer vacations! So relaxing and fun, and all you could think about was having fun and doing something productive during your time off from school. Well, your kids might be just as excited and eager to spend their vacation as you were in your childhood days.
While watching cartoons till 2 a.m without bothering about getting up early for school the next day and enjoying pool parties and playing video games all day long might seem like ideal ways to spend the vacations. Still, as a parent, you need to ensure that your child’s free time is being spent doing something productive.
With this, we don’t mean that you overburden your kids by revising the monotonous curriculum of the school. But try indulging them in the activities they would enjoy and learn a thing or two from it. Let’s take a quick look at some activities for your little ones that can add production value to their vacations.
- Don’t let them stop learning.
We get it. Vacations are for having fun and are all about blowing off some steam and shedding the school pressure. But not learning anything in a three-month gap can cause a huge problem for your child’s academic performance. And as a parent, it is your responsibility that it doesn’t happen at any cost.
Therefore, it is crucial for the kids to keep learning even if they are away from school. For this, you can encourage them to read about whatever they like and enjoy. It will keep them hooked and their minds active. For instance, you can get a book that helps your little dancer learn about ballet or any other dance form. Or you can simply encourage the reading habits by introducing them to fiction novels or story books. And getting E-books for your tech-savvy kids is the best way to get this done. Once your kids start loving those books and stories, it will be the only screen time you won’t mind.
- Focus on skill development
There are things that your children might not learn during their regular school routine. What if your child wants to work on his/her cooking skills? Or what if he/she wants to learn a new language? Or what if he/she wants to catch up on music lessons?
These are some extracurricular activities that might make your child feel burdened and overwhelmed during their time at school. And now that they are on vacation, it is time to help your kids follow their passions. And let’s not ignore the fact that your involvement can certainly elevate their interest and strengthen your bond with them.
For instance, you can try to cook with your child by watching online tutorials and helping them follow those step-by-step instructions. In no time, your child will be no less than a “master chef” of your house. You can also try helping them to develop cognitive skills by solving puzzles or playing brainstorming games. In fact, you can also tap into their creative side by setting up an art and craft table for them so that they can make something new and innovative with the help of their imagination. That’s so cool!
- Get them enrolled in a summer school.
Let’s be honest, you can’t teach everything to your kids. Plus, juggling a career and attending to your child’s academic and social needs can be a bit exhausting. Thankfully, there’s a solution to this dreaded dilemma.
You can get your child enrolled in a summer school so that the experienced professors can help them catch up on the curriculum and prepare them for the upcoming school year. A summer school program generally starts in June and lasts till August, which means that your little one will have enough time to learn whatever he/she wants. The best part of a summer school program is that children get an opportunity to learn something that is left out in their school curriculum.
For instance, suppose your child wants to brush up on his/her English lessons and strengthen vocabulary and grammar, but the school isn’t helping with it. That’s where a summer school program comes to aid. Children can learn and explore by stepping out of their comfort zones.
They’ll also get to travel abroad and meet new and exciting people from all over the world. Yes, you read that right! Suppose your child always wanted to Discover London and see Victoria and Albert Museum, Covent Garden, Imperial War Museum, and Buckingham Palace. You’ll be surprised to know that many summer schools out there organize weekend trips and tours. This way, your child will not only be learning but also fulfilling his/her traveling dreams. Not only this, but students will also get a chance to socialize with fellow mates outside the class. Who knows, maybe your kid finds the best friend there?
And don’t worry! By sending your child to a summer school program, you won’t be robbing him/her of fun. Instead, he/she will make so many new friends, travel, take part in activities and of course, learn. After getting back from the program, your child will definitely thank you for such a unique and life-altering experience.
- Take time to have some fun.
In the entire article, we talked about how to make the best of your child’s vacation. Now we are going to remind you that it’s their VACATION. So, make them feel relaxed, pampered, and energized for their productive summer goals. Try to play games with them, take them picnic, organize a staycation at your house, let them swim all day long, and give them time to enjoy themselves.
This is to retain the balance in their lives which is very crucial. Otherwise, your kids might end up feeling exhausted and tired. So, if you want to help them with a productive summer vacation, try not to take amusement and entertainment out of their lives.
This year, try to take your children’s vacation to a whole new level by doing more than just finding ways to keep them entertained. Use the tips mentioned above and keep their body and minds working all summer long and send them back to school with countless memories.