By Mrs. Lori Jones
Many families have exciting trips planned over Spring Break while others look forward to some relaxing time at home. Regardless of how you choose to spend break, remember that this time of vacation possess rich opportunities for learning. Vacations and Staycations are perfect for enhancing your child’s background knowledge, building vocabulary, and using every day reading, writing, and math skills. I am not suggesting that you whip out a page of math facts on your trip. I am saying that every moment offers an opportunity for learning.
Here are 10 ideas to enhance your child’s learning over vacation:
- Have your child make a hand written list of everything you’ll need to pack for your trip or items needed for an at home project.
- Use a map or phone app to chart out your destination. Put your child in charge of letting the family know where you are during the trip and how much farther you have to travel.
- Listen to books on tape or share a book as a family while you travel. This is so fun! Share books and research about your destination.
- Pack games and play them together or have a game night at home.
- Play a phonemic awareness game. “I spy with my little eye something that begins with /b/ “(the sound not the letter).
- At restaurants give your child your phone calculator and have them add up the bill to see if the total is correct or have them figure out the gratuity.
- Ask trip appropriate questions like: “What is sand made of?” “What makes high/low tide?” “What animals live in this water? “How does a boat float?” “Why is it so warm here?” Then, explore the answers together!
- Have your child interview family/friends that you visit and make a video for your family to enjoy. Have them ask questions like: “What inventions have you seen in your lifetime grandma?” “What was spring break like when you were my age?’
- Encourage your child to collect items, photos, and autographs from spring break and make a Spring Break 2014 album with written captions. Have them journal each day.
- Have your child write a thank you note to family, housekeeping, tour guides, etc. Remember all the people who made your trip special and spread love while you’re at it!
I hope that you all have a safe and wonderful spring break! Remember, the world is our classroom. It is a mysterious, magnificent place that provides endless opportunities to learn.
Blogger Mrs. Lori Jones is Lower School Divison Head for Fortune Academy, Indianaplis, IN