Since this is the last newsletter for the year and beginning of your Christmas Holidays, I thought I would talk about Holiday learning.
School’s out but brains don’t need to go on holiday too. Families can enjoy being together and keep on learning during the lovely long weeks of summer.
Children easily lose ground if learning stops during the summer break. Fortunately, learning never has to stop. With your help, children are more likely to remember what they learnt during the year. A recent study estimates that summer loss for all students equals about a month of academic learning, so keep those brains busy and occupied.
Continue daily routines during the summer, with structure and limits. The key is providing a balance and keeping children engaged. Long sleep-ins every morning and lolling round in the heat soon lead to grumpy, bored children.
Don’t forget to have your children’s logon details at home for:
Reading Eggs Mathseeds Mathletics Worldbook online
These subscriptions are paid for by the school and your P&C to enable students and parents to have access to these learning tools at home. Ask your class teacher for the logon details if your child is unsure. It is well worth parents taking the time to look at these great online products to appreciate the benefits and value that they offer your family.
Holidays are also a great time to update and practise Keyboard Skills. As much of students work has a computer focus, being able to easily navigate the keyboard is an essential skill for all years. An online typing or keyboard tutorial is a great way to extend these skills. Practicing skills in Word eg. Text boxes, inserting, headings etc are also valuable skills to practice and master.
Children who read throughout the summer gain skills and start the new school year with a better understanding of language and the world around them. The more they like to read, the more they will read.
Start a journey of discovery together. Make regular visits to the library to find books, magazines and movies on the topic your child is interested in. Look for related fiction as well as non-fiction.
Ask questions as you read together or when your independent reader finishes a book to ensure that your child comprehends what they reading. Ask your child to tell you something new or surprising they learned, or to read a section that was full of interesting words.
Taking a field trip together to have a hands-on experience can add to what you have been learning from books and movies. Keep a record of what you learn together - start a journal, create a scrapbook, or send a handmade postcard to family or friends. Start a blog or social networking site for extended family members, especially grandparents living far away.
Give children material that motivates them to read. Try comic books, directions for interesting projects and mystery stories. Have them read information about possible activities as you plan your summer vacation.
Give them easy reading. Summer is supposed to be relaxed. Let them get absorbed in the book. When you read with them, make it your goal to enjoy the book together. You don't have to make them read perfectly! Avoid too much correction. In school next year, the teacher will help them. If you have any worries, jot them down to mention to the teacher when school starts.
Be a model of reading. Bring books to the beach and read them. If you are travelling, find a book for the whole
family to read and discuss.
Start a long, more demanding book as a read-aloud for the holidays. Set a time each evening and read a chapter. The whole family will quickly become absorbed in the story and look forward to the nightly treat.
Give your children some responsibility. The holidays are a great time to set up some rosters to make life easier when school starts again next year. Have you children write up their own “get ready for school” schedule or a “jobs I can do to help my family” list. Children are never too young to take on some task that they are responsible for - it is a very important part of their development.
Please reinforce our expected school behaviours, it doesn't take long to slip into bad habits.
Show Respect Be Responsible Build Resilience Be Open to Learning
Enjoy your summer holidays!