All too often children return to school in fall only to realize that they have forgotten a great deal of their academic knowledge. The notorious ‘learning loss’ can be prevented: just follow our tips.
Find time to visit museums. Discuss what you have seen; draw pictures and write stories about what affected you most; look for additional information on the Internet and in books.
Make family trips to the local library. Read out excerpts from books to one another, and try to write sequels to the stories you like best.
Never miss a trip to a factory: it is an excellent opportunity to learn more about science and technology.
The atlas is every geographer’s best friend: buy one or borrow it from the library. Mark places you have visited and the ones you would like to visit. Plan a journey around the world.
Cooking together is an efficient way of practicing your kid’s math skills: it is all about fractions and measurements. Help your children learn how to convert units of weights and volumes.
Take a trip to a historic place. Remember: every town and city has a long history, and it is up to you to find out about it. Plan your journeys beforehand to make them more interesting: all kinds of guidebooks, geography articles and encyclopedias will come in handy.
Have family game nights. Use Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and various board games; play chess checkers, dominoes, mahjong and Go.
Invite your kid’s friends and organize a spelling bee and/or science quiz. Make sure that the winner gets a prize.
Children like to learn about money. Ask them to help you to control the family budget. Not only does this help to improve their math skills, but also makes them feel grown up.
Last but not least: be creative. Try to use every opportunity to teach your kids. Always ask yourself: ‘What more can I do?’