Exams are over and the long-awaited 2-month summer break which is a norm now in most of the schools arrives. In the era of nuclear families and with most of the parents working, making the best of vacation time for their child has become a challenge for most of the parents. On the other hand in the absence of long school hours, children find much plenty of idle time to spend at home. Most often this results in spending long hours watching cartoons, playing games on phones or succumbing to the virtual world of video games. Definitely owing to busy work schedules in offices parents are literally unavailable for the kid but at the same time they wish to ensure that their child keeps learning, has all the summer fun and develops skills in a safe and uncompromised environment.
Let us take a sneak peek at the activities that your child can do and have much fun, at the same time make the perfect use of summer break and develop new skills!
It is not necessary that your kid has to spend hours practicing math problems or do revision syllabus even in vacations. There are few activities which can be easily done as a part of the routine schedule without having to chart out a fixed time slot. As children nowadays have become choosy in selecting their eatables, they will be more than happy if given a chance to visit the nearby grocery supermarket along with parents/ nannies and pick their grocery from the store. Children can be encouraged to check the prices but also to add up the values to know how the final bill is prepared, thereby enriching their math skills.
Even simple home cooking can teach math skills as most of the time the recipes require proper measurements of ingredients. Children are always excited to try their tiny hands and curious mind to cook recipes, and this can help them learn math, material arrangement skills in a fun way!
At the end of the academic year, kids older than six years can be given simple tasks of arranging their stationery like pencils, pens, coloring items in separate boxes after counting them. This will teach the kids to be responsible for their own stuff as well as improve their basic counting and organizing skills. Not to forget but even parents can sigh a relief that the stationery has been already set and ready for use for the upcoming academic year by their little managers at home!
Due to the busy schedules of working parents, gone are the days when children could get the chance to spend some 20-30 days visiting their grandparents. Staying back is the only option for them. In such cases, parents can still maintain the excitement of the kids with short weekend getaways in the form of outdoor trips or a small picnic.
What else could be better than enriching science skills by remaining in a close of the vicinity of Mother Nature itself? A short trip to a nearby wildlife sanctuary, hill station, botanical garden, science museum, etc. can help them connect with the scientific concepts they learned in schools. One good option is also a short visit to petting zoo wherein they learn to take care of pet animals.
In addition to that let the junior explorers plan their picnic and decide the place, food to be carried, activities and budget (applies to high school kids), etc. This is an apt opportunity for the kids to learn event planning, math skills, science skills, observation skills, decision making, value for money, and leadership skills.
During the whole academic year irrespective of extracurricular activities conducted at schools, most of the children are not able to recognize their true interest. Long summer breaks just help the kids remove their confusion by enrolling for dance, music, creative arts and crafts learning courses to choose the right activity that makes them happy without having them to cope with simultaneous academic burden in vacations. Another major advantage of them is that as preferred by parents, children can learn all this in a safe environment. Involving kids in these activities helps them develop team spirit, math skills, ability to follow instructions, patience, creative aspects, and motor skills.
To cope up with daily energy requirements owing to hectic schedules of kids today, parents often emphasize on taking sports as another major activity for their child to maintain their physical fitness levels. Sports can be an excellent way of increasing concentration and focus levels of kids, improve their adjustment skills, resilience as well as the ability to handle failures.
Current generations of kids are smart and tech savvy. Their sharp observation skills, as well as quick learning capacity, can be further used to get familiar with basic computer applications, graphics designing, project modeling. This will enhance their ability to follow instructions.
One of the prime skills that kids need to have strongly as they progress to higher grades is communication and self-confidence. This will come through creative writing wherein they will learn to express their views confidently. Like older times, children can be encouraged to write letters to their distant relatives so that this will improve not just their writing skills but also socializing skills.
There is no doubt that home is the first school of every child but is it possible in the real world where working parents are not able to devote much time to kids. ACME Summer Camp is a one-stop solution that makes skills enrichment, safety, and nutrition possible all under one roof. Offering more than 50+ courses to learn at one place from experienced teachers in a warm, safe and friendly atmosphere is something to look out for parents.
Parents can finally take a sigh of relief once they enroll their kids for ACME summer camp, as the campers here not just learn but they enjoy and can make the best of their vacation time! A bundle of summer activities to keep your child going on holidays.