As a parent or guardian, it is incumbent upon you to plan your wards’ summer so they are adequately engaged all through the holidays. After all, children should never stop learning. Here, we have compiled a list of 8 ways to make the summer fun and educative for your child/ward:
1. Cooking and Baking. If your children are old enough to handle kitchen related activities, it’s time to teach them how to cook and bake. Pick a day you’d be home and take them through the basics of cooking their favourite meal. Involve them in the entire process and stand back, watch them replicate what you have done. By the end of the holidays, their culinary competence would have become better.
2. Create a treasure hunt. Design a simple treasure map and hand it to them. Hide some things of interest around the house and give them a time frame to search for those ‘treasures’. The more they are able to find within the time frame, the more interesting the hunt will be. This game improves familial bonding and aids the children sense of Geography.
3. Learn to play a musical instrument. The summer is a good time for you to enroll your children at a music school. Let them learn any instrument of their choice and encourage them by asking them to play to you, say, once a week. Maestros are made not born; you never know if your family would be gifting the world the next Kenny G or King Sunny Ade!
4. Teach them jewelry making. Bead shops are springing up all over the place; find a well-stocked one, buy different bead shapes and sizes and the necessary tools needed. Then, sit your children down and teach them how to make simple necklace. You could even encourage them to make one or two for their favourite teachers and present to him/her at resumption.
5. Improve their drawing/Painting. Come to think of it, we all tried our hands at drawing/painting at some point in our formative years. Remember those primary school attempts at creating your favourite superhero? Fido Dido, anyone? Your children could excel where you failed. Encourage them by enrolling them at an Arts School or get an artist to come home and teach them the basics of the craft. The next Laolu Senbanjo might be that cutie running all over the place today.
6. Go swimming. Swimming is something we should all do. Apart from the aerobic nature of it, it is also a survival skill necessary in life. Why not use this summer to teach your children to swim? Find a hotel near you with a good swimming instructor and pool and get your children in the water. Surely, they’d thank you for this, someday.
7. Learn a new language. Dieu merci, il est le vendredi est un dicton commun. Que faire si votre quartier dit en franÃ§ais pour vous un vendredi? Oops ! You don’t speak French! Here is one good reason you should let your child speak more than one language – English and maybe your local dialect. French is cool; Italian is awesome. Find a Language School around and let your children widen their language this summer.
8. Sports. Thinking of a reason to enroll your children at a summer sports camp? Here’s one: Cristiano Ronaldo is worth $95m, the bulk he makes from wages and endorsements; the purse for the Mayweather/Pacquiao showdown last year was $300m with the American taking 60% of the sum. Need we say more?
However, no matter how long the holidays are, it will end someday. Let’s get you ready for the tuition every time it’s due with our FlexiEdu and Family Income Protection Plan policies. Talk to us today and we will ensure you never have to worry about school fees anymore.
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