No parents wants their child to learn something only to forget it once school’s out. In much the same way, no child wants to have learn the same lesson repeatedly after each lapse in memory. It is because of this that the old adage, practice makes perfect, is so true. Here are some ways to prevent your children from losing academic ground during Winter, Spring, Fall, or Summer break.
1. Cover the basics.
Determine what your child’s weakest class is- be it Spelling, Math, or so-on, and review the fundamentals with him or her. If the course is arithmetic, go over most basic of their grade level’s mathematics- addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, equations- whatever the fundamentals. Borrow your child’s math book and read over the first four or five chapters to refresh your memory so that you answer any questions they might have.
2. Read a book!
This one seems simple, but it makes a huge difference. Children that read outside of school have wider attention spans, more vivid imaginations, more varied vocabularies, and -of course- better reading skills. Take your child to the library or book store and encourage them to read at least two books a month. During Winter, Spring, and Fall break at least one book should be read, but summer break should entail at least three or four.
3. Play an educational game.
This one will vary depending on age group, but there are numerous games for elementary and middle school students- even high school students can benefit from an educational game. My Math Coach for Nintendo DS is a great all-purpose math learning tool, regardless of age. Also on the Nintendo DS there is Brain Age and My Word Coach– both develop cognitive skills and expand vocabularies. For Nintendo Wii owners Big Brain Academy is a great source of academic fundamentals. For someone looking to expand their knowledge of history, science, or logic on the Wii- TV Show King is a good source of facts and details. Anyone interested in their child keeping fit for P.E can pick up Wii Fit– or for those with musically talented children, Wii Music.
4. Visit a local museum or Zoo.
The weather outside might be cold in winter and hot in spring, but that doesn’t mean a nice museum or zoo visit is out of the question. Your child can pick up plenty of animal facts, biology details, and geographical knowledge from visiting a zoo. It’s a fun, relatively inexpensive activity that begs your time- be it cold or hot out. As for a museum visit, historical and scientific information is right at your child’s fingertips is in an easy to swallow, entertaining form.