The months of November and December provide ample opportunities of vacation days for school-age children and although these students look forward to days off at a time, the vacation period does not necessarily progress their educational training. Unfortunately many students tend to slack off during the vacation and rarely open any textbooks during their weeks away from school. This poor practice oftentimes leads to students going backwards in their educational development. With elementary-aged children, many children appear to lose much of what they have learned the first quarter of school! What can parents do to ensure that their children enjoy their vacation yet do not lose the educational instruction they have received thus far?
Many schools do send students off to vacation with a slim amount of homework because they want the children to enjoy their break and perform some educational assignments, however, parents can do more than simply make sure their students complete homework tasks during vacation. Parents should set aside at least thirty minutes a day – preferably in the morning before the day fully begins – where the children can complete such tasks as reading a chapter in their textbook, completing supplemental worksheets, or performing tasks on educational websites that are relevant to their age and academic ability. Many children may not be motivated to do such educational tasks on their own, thus parents should try a rewards system and make it fun for the students while they are on vacation.
The rewards system can be simple and does not need to be extravagant nor costly. Simple ideas such as extra time on their game system or a special trip to a park or place of interest can motivate students greatly during a period of vacation. Parents should seize the opportunity to be more involved with their children’s learning during the vacation as they may have more time to sit down and oversee the homework or educational tasks. Parents can have the children read aloud to them or have the children discuss topics they have studied or read about in their assignment. Children will be motivated to complete assignments if they perceive parents are genuinely interested in what they are learning. Children are happy to share what they have learned when parents are constantly affirming, rewarding, and communicating their interest in their children’s education.
Vacation is a time where students can relax and take a break from their studies as they do deserve some time away from the textbooks. However there is the temptation for students to completely ignore their studies and simply relax too much. Thus, it is imperative for parents to help their children to continue to learn and maintain the momentum of their education by providing opportunities to learn while on vacation.