When your children have time off of school, you want them to be able to enjoy it without a thought of education. Yet, at the same time, you want your children’s education to grow. Since school only teaches our children so much, it is important for you to do educational activities with your kids out of school. You can combine the two so that your children learn and have fun at the same time. Below is 5 days worth of fun, educational activities.
Science: Growing Forward
Take a day to go out on a hike or visit a nature center. Take the time to go over each plant and learn what type of sunlight and water they need. An outing to pick fruit or vegetables or to a plant nursery will work just as well. Observation of the life cycle of plants is the goal.
If you see rocks, look for fossils. If any are present, try to identify what it is a fossil of. Look over the rocks. What kind of rocks are they? How does one rock compare to another? Information regarding the trees, plants, and geological features of things around you can be found online. When you get home, consider doing some planting or gardening. For continued education value, you can chart how the plants grow.
Math: In the Kitchen
Math is used daily; it is not some abstract concept thought up for torture as a lot of kids think. Sit down with your child and come up with a meal for dinner, including dessert (cake, cookies, cupcakes). Go outside what you normally would eat to be daring-what better way to expand a child’s horizons! Have them pick the menu and make the grocery list to make everything from scratch. Go to the store and shop. Have them add up the costs. Use coupons to help them with deduction. If possible, bring cash to have your children count out the payment and check the change.
When you get home, make sure your children are pulling out the measuring cups and spoons. Have them put the ingredients together. They will have so much fun playing in the kitchen and enjoy the fruits of their labor, they won’t even notice they have been using math.
Language Arts: Get Lost in Books
Take a day to explore the library. If the library is having any community activities, such as story time, be sure to take advantage. Read a few short books or magazine. Discover a new genre of fiction. Check out some books to read later, but be especially sure to check out some fairy tales. Try your hand at writing a fractured fairy tale when you get home. Your children might be amazed at their creativity and find a new passion.
Specials: Art, Music, and Movement
Sometimes we forget that art and music have a strong, positive educational influence on our children. Both are tightly related to math and have been proven to bring up test scores. Therefore, it is important that one day should be dedicated to the arts.
Throw on the radio and explore different types of music. Dance around-a lot. Work up a sweat. Find something you have never paid any attention to and enjoy it. Then go and make musical instruments: decorate paper plates and fill with beans for a tambourine, put together a guitar, etc. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do it. Then, taking inspiration from the music you’ve been listening to, come up with your song to sing and play.
Social Studies: The World Around Us
Social Studies encompasses the world around us, so this is a great time to pick an educational destination such as an Indian Reservation, historical homes, or some other type of historical monument. Learn about the place you are going. Why is it there? What happened there? What is its history? Have your child find it on the map and come up with the best plan to get there. Take advantage of any tours that might be offered when you get there. Discuss how life has changed over the years.
The above activities are not only fun and enjoyable, but they connect what children learn in school with their everyday life. Kids will learn without even knowing that they have been taking part in educational activities.