Summer holidays have always been the best time for young students to have fun and relax after a long academic year. It is during this season that kids get their much-deserved break from all of the heavy learning and studying they’ve done at school.
So, as a parent, what can you do to better utilise the summer holidays of your little ones? Should you keep them on a tight leash and tell them to study the upcoming academic year’s lessons in advance? Should you just let them be and allow them to do whatever they please? Should you enrol them in special holiday programs? Or should you engage them in activities that can help them stay sharp?
Assuming that your younglings are between the ages of 4 and 12, here are some of the best ways to utilise your kids’ summer holidays.
- Enrol them in summer programs
The fear of public speaking is something that affects a significant portion of the world’s population. If left unchecked, this common phobia can negatively affect every aspect of your life – from personal to academic to professional. Fortunately for us Australians, we can find summer courses in public speaking for kids. These public speaking classes are specially designed to help younger students get rid of their fear of public speaking and eventually become confident and effective speakers. There are also heaps of other interesting school holiday programs that are available during the summer – ranging from fun camps with all sorts of animals to educational programs with an aspect of STEM.
- Visit the beach
Some families don’t hit the beach regularly during summer because the parents don’t allocate enough time for it, or the parents think that beach trips, in general, are just not worth their effort. If you’re that kind of parent, it’s time to change your actions because you’re causing your kids to miss out on the awesome benefits of hitting the beach. According to studies, going to the beach can relax our mind and body, combat depression and mood disorders, boost the immune system, and relieve stress.
- Keep them active and healthy
During summer, kids usually spend most of their time either outside or inside the house. If your youngsters fall into the latter group, encourage them to engage in physical activities for the sake of their physical and mental health. You can help keep them active and healthy by doing recreational activities with them or by enrolling them in physical activity classes like swimming and aerobics.
- Encourage them to read
Some kids only open their books at home when they have to study for an upcoming quiz or exam – or when they have to do an important assignment. Most kids don’t even open a book at all during the summer holidays! I know it can be difficult, but you need to engage your kids in summer readings until it becomes a habit. Once they get the hang of reading, they will improve in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. What’s even more amazing is the fact that reading can also develop other essential skills, such as empathy and concentration.
- Let them explore the outside world
The advancements in modern technology are good for society. However, it is linked to a number of downsides that can affect our lives in a negative way. Nowadays it has become the norm for children to stay indoors and play video games, use social media apps on their mobile devices, or watch Netflix. Increased access to modern technology can be very bad for the physical, mental and emotional development of children due to the fact that it may cause them to be dependent on their gadgets or computers. This dependency can cause them to miss out on enjoying the beauty of nature as well as its benefits, which include physical, social, emotional and intellectual benefits. Encourage them to go outside and embrace the beauty of nature. Take them out for a camping trip or explore the area around your house.