Keep learning through the summer!
Holidays are tempting times to forget all about learning and relax. But there are some fun ideas that keep the brain functioning while the time away form school is enjoyed!
A holiday journal- Children can be tasked with keeping a holiday journal over the summer, writing or drawing something each day. It could be about their daily life or it could be a total fiction, an exercise in creative thinking. This works best if the children are given a small book specifically to act as journal.
Writing a book – Similar to the journal idea, children can fill the pages of the exercise book with any writing they like. It may be recipes, short stories, long stories, comic strips, poetry, song lyrics, fiction, or non-fiction or a mix of all of these! Photographs or pictures could be included too, or keepsakes such as flowers or leaves.
Set a project - this can encourage research, library use, creativity etc. It could include dioramas or models and even be secretly cross curricular. For example, children could research the Roman empire; inventions such as siege machines or aqueducts which could be modelled as D&T, roman numerals for time keeping and accounts is a maths section, multicultural society as a PSHE section, etc. This way children can keep up their academic skills in an interesting way. Perhaps, even put on a play to show some of the more famous Roman stories!
Hold a mini science fair, drama or music festival or art exhibit. Invite friends or family and make an event of it! This can include trial kitchen chemistry experiments, play writing and rehearsals, all of which offer wide learning opportunities.
Grow their Mind - Instead of focusing on academia, Summer gives the time to focus on emotional wellbeing. This is a totally different approach to continuing the growth mindset rather than an academic aim. Construct a set of tasks for children to complete at their own pace. For example, one task could be to learn a poem or limerick. Another task could be to cook something one day. Or think of 3 things they are grateful for in their lives. They could go for a long walk, write a diary entry, helping someone, practice a skill, learn a new one, or donate something to charity. These could be written on slips of paper and put in a jar for children to draw at random.