5 ways to keep learning during the June holidays
The long-awaited June holidays are finally here. Wondering how your children can continue to learn in an enjoyable way during the June 2019 school holidays? We’ve compiled a list of tips to get them excited about learning during the break!
1. Review mid-year exam papers
With the mid-year exams fresh on their minds, the June holidays are an optimal time to conduct a review of the exam papers with your children. Going through each subject paper with your children is worthwhile as it could highlight the areas they need to improve on. After identifying problem areas, you can then zero in on assessments that will help them practise those specific skills and learn from their mistakes.
2. Read for fun!
Holidays are the perfect time to catch up on reading. Encourage your children to pick up a book or two at a nearby public library. Better still, explore the National Library Board’s website for events that interest you and turn it into a family outing! Besides enjoying the storytelling sessions and meeting their favourite storybook characters, your children will have the opportunity to brush up on their grammar and vocabulary too. To enhance their learning, younger children are recommended to spend 15 to 20 minutes reading daily.
3. Review, Refresh, Repeat.
The 3 ‘Rs’ – but for students. Parents: you can help your children stay on top of their schoolwork this holiday by going over the classroom material from the first half of the year with them. Check with your children if they have a specific lesson plan issued by their teachers (if not, check out the syllabus) and turn it into a checklist. Review each point on the lesson plan or syllabus with them to ensure that what they have learned in the first half of the year is refreshed and consolidated in their minds. Once you’re done, put a tick next to it and repeat for the rest of the points for a complete revision.
For more resources, check out these English edutainment magazines for fun yet stimulating practice worksheets.
4. Watch educational YouTube videos
YouTube is well-known for its entertaining content. Unfortunately, the platform has recently been mired in several controversies surrounding toxic YouTube stars who may not be the best role models for younger audiences. So if you’re hesitant about allowing your children to log on, we understand perfectly. But don’t click off just yet: the platform has its merits as well. Besides providing entertainment, YouTube is also a treasure trove for those who wish to acquire new knowledge, perfect for helping students stay intellectually engaged during the month away from school. The next time your children clamour for screen time, direct their attention to these educational, children-friendly YouTube channels instead:
For younger children – TED-Ed
For older children – TED Talks, Vox, Broadly
5. Make your own zines
Finally, children can continue to be engaged creatively over the holidays by trying their hand at zine-making. A zine is most commonly a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually reproduced via photocopier. For the most basic of zines, no fancy tools are required: just some paper and pens and if you want, a pair of scissors and a stapler. Anyone can make a zine about absolutely anything. The key is to be inventive and above all, have fun with it. Parents can also join in on the creative process and collaborate with their children on the zine. Both a bonding and imagination-boosting activity, zines make excellent creative projects for parents and children alike. When they’re finished, show off the end product on social media or better still, make copies and give out to family and friends to admire your handiwork!
Check out these posts by New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon for some zine inspiration.