Vacation – time to relax or to rehearse?
Does a school child need summer studying during vacations? If a child categorically does not want to hear about classes, then he/she will forget everything during the rest? And how to overpower the literature list? We have analyzed the pros and cons of studying during vacations and offer the best solution for parents and children. So, what to do during the summer break?
Kids summer break is a necessity
Vacation is necessary for a child to rest, recover, and gain strength before the next school year. Therefore, any child of any age needs at least two or three weeks of doing nothing: sleeping, walking, watching cartoons, communicating with friends, playing with gadgets. The task of parents is to behave in such a way that by the beginning of the school year the child came to school with a desire to learn – his/her summer studying should not be associated with torment.
Children are looking forward to the holidays – they dream of how they will rest and do only what they want; they don’t think about holiday homework. If you study all day during the summer – the feeling of rest will quickly disappear. In addition, it is necessary to take into account the features of the past school year, when children had to study at home. This means that parents should come up with other summer studying lessons, which will be fundamentally different from school lessons and homework. Otherwise, you risk sending a completely burned out child to the next class.
Often, students get involved in the process for a long period of time after vacations, forget the rules, and lose their skills. That is why some parents and teachers believe that there is a lot to do in the summer. However, the problem is not that the child did nothing during the kid’s summer break, but has not formed the ability to learn.
Children need to rest, and intensive summer activities can negatively affect the child’s attitude towards learning.
Of course, doing nothing during vacations and only playing computer games is a bad option. It is worth at least to read the books that the child likes, to discuss the plot, the actions of the characters – it will help to develop speech and thinking. There are also many training platforms to consolidate the passed material online.
The balance between classes and rest during summer break is very important
A child on vacation wants to play and walk – not to think about his/her summer studying, so the classes should be dosed and perceived as a game.
If a child has completed the year normally and his grades are quite good, it is not necessary to concentrate on the school program.
It all depends on the task. Sometimes a child has to be pulled up in some subjects and learn something that he or she has not had time to learn during the year. If the grades are good, you can do something new.
Since the age of 6-7, the activities of children are educational and cognitive. But if everything new is presented only in the format of school lessons, the tired child will resist. Summer studying can always be successfully integrated into normal life: it can be a trip to a store with a list of costs, or the distribution of pocket money for the week. You can do a project by watching nature, weather and insects – to record, to draw, to search for information on the Internet. It is also a study, but not at a table with a notebook.
If parents are convinced that holiday homework is mandatory, it is worth discussing it with your child in advance. The most frustrating thing is to hear it suddenly: “Turn off the computer and sit down to study!” It will be a real disappointment that will be remembered for a long time. It’s better to agree in advance on how much time you have per week and what kind of things you will do.
The younger the child is – the less classes he/she should have. At age 7-8 three times a week 30 minutes a day it is enough. It won’t be stressful, but will be effective. Make an agreement with the child, make time and keep a positive motivation.
Negative motivation is “If you don’t do it, you won’t go out to play”, positive motivation is “Do it and you will get something”.
Create an environment where it’s profitable for the child to study during his/her break. The main thing is not to turn every day holiday into an endless scolding and tears: let the child himself/herself aspire to something, not run away from punishment and not to forget about homework break.
The main problem is often literature
First of all, parents need to take a book in their own hands – the child should see that the book can be fascinating if you want him/her to continue his/her summer studying.
Secondly, give the kid the right to choose, because the same computer game the child picks out by himself/herself. Let him/her walk in the book shop and pay the cash by himself/herself. With this step begins his/her adult relationship with books and a bookstore, children love it.
Third, let the child stay among the books. Visit the library to spend kids’ summer break, there are modern books. Go to the bookstore.
Fourth, teach the child to distinguish between form and content. Here again, the best assistant is the library. Children are very fond of colorful publications, interactivity and other stuffing – now start to accustom them to worthwhile content. Give them the opportunity to look through unpresentable books, find the ones you loved in childhood and show them.