It’s that time of year when we wind down from the busy activities of the year and take time out to enjoy the freedom holidays provide us to spend time with friends and family to enjoy peace and quiet and a break from the usual weekly routines.
School has wrapped up for the year (or will be wrapping up shortly) and students will be taking a well-earned break from the hard work of learning at school. Even though formal learning is over for the year it is key that children continue to consolidate their learning. Reading, writing and basic facts will benefit from continued practice over the holiday break. Some children, especially those who are struggling will sometimes lose some of what they have learned during the longer Christmas holidays. To prevent this loss of learning encourage your child to keep reading. Public libraries often have reading programs on offer during the summer break. Look for opportunities to write. Children can write emails to relatives or friends. Using a phone or digital camera they can take photos of family trips, pets or projects or games and then caption them or write a story about them.
I would like to take a moment to say thank you to those of you who have read my blog during the year. I’m going to take a short break from regular blog posts and will start posting again in the new year. If you have any areas that you would like me to write about, please get in touch and let me know.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday.
Robyn Stead, Child Psychologist and Educator, lives and works in central Auckland.