With the arrival of the summer holidays, children can play and live their daydreams without the interruptions of the classroom. Parents also finally have precious extra time to relax and spend with their children; whether this is on holiday, at the poolside or beach, or just relaxing together to read a favourite book.
The summer holidays are a time to show children that learning can be intriguing and enjoyable! Here are three ways you can help your children love learning this summer.
1. Encourage and engage with their curiosity
A curious mind is eager to learn more, and will serve children well throughout their education and life. Sometimes children ask thousands of questions each day! Answering questions honestly and genuinely will provide opportunities to discuss the question topic in more depth. If neither of you know the answer, then this is an opportunity for you both to find the answer together.
2. Get reading!
Summer is a great time for children to pick up a book, get lost in a story, and learn more while they’re at it!
Keep books by your children’s bedside these holidays, in the playroom—all over the house—and make sure they are in places within children’s reach. Bring books with you on car trips, to the grocery store, anywhere. Rather than handing them an electronic device, hand them a book they love.
3. For the long-term, help them develop a growth mindset
A growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort and perseverance. Children with a growth mindset realise their effort has a direct impact on their achievement, they acknowledge their current abilities are a starting point for reaching their potential, and are more likely to put in the extra yards needed to succeed.
Kumon is enrolling throughout the summer break, and this could be a time to help you child begin to develop this mindset. Kumon’s programmes help students develop this way of thinking by building students’ confidence through its Maths and English programmes and showing them that with effort, they can achieve.