The school week is over and your children are ready to put their learning on pause and partake in all sorts of activities like Saturday cartoons, weekend sports and birthday parties. But your child’s weekend doesn’t have to be restricted to either learning or fun, it is possible to have your cake and eat it too. Instilling weekend activities that are fun and educational can be a great way for your children to consume knowledge while still being able to spend quality time with your children as they engage in weekend learning adventures. Here are a few tips we suggest for your weekend learner.
More and more, museums like Royal Ontario, Museum of Anthropology and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are engaging your children in topics like science and history in a way that makes learning exciting. Children can learn using all their senses. Make a day of it and invite friends or family. Children have great memory of the smallest things from the names of the kids in their class, to the time you promised them chocolate if they’re quiet while grocery shopping. Your child will take in the time, experience and knowledge that they’re surrounded with throughout the day.
Sometimes schoolwork needs to be done over the weekend. The best way to encourage this is by power through numbers. Connect with your children’s school friends and parents and sort out times in the weekend where they can work on tasks from school together. This makes weekend work more approachable, but it also creates discussion and teamwork skills that will become invaluable for your child as they progress to high school and university level study which requires group learning.
Online learning programs
Kids today know how to use a tablet before they learn to tie their shoe laces. Living in a technology age, your children likely end up with a tablet watching videos and playing games on the weekend. The technological resources your children use on the weekend can be a tool to bolster school learning in a fun and engaging way. 3P Learning for instance makes a range of products like Mathletics and Spellodrome, which educate children in mathematics, and spelling in a way that draws your children’s interest. Your child can engage in live Mathletics or Spellodrome challenges against other kids or work to beat their grades to achieve those high results that get them trophies and certificates. Your children are still relaxing with their tablet or computer, the only difference is their actions are improving their knowledge, which they can in turn take to school.
Never underestimate the power of a good documentary. There are endless documentaries on a number of topics that would be beneficial to your children that are only a library or app store away. On those rare days with nothing to do, make some popcorn, sit and relax. Your children will take in knowledge in a manner that is relaxing and insightful all at once.
Back to school can be overwhelming for children. By making the weekends fun and educational, you alleviate that stress by showing them that learning isn’t bad or boring and put your children a step further to developing a thirst for knowledge. An exciting, activity filled weekend will also make those Monday mornings a little easier!