Holiday is here, School is out. Yes, it’s that time of the year again and you can literally read the joy on the kids’ faces. I hope you are fully ready and loaded? Have you also loaded the kitchen? Lol, trust me they are coming for the store already. Most importantly how do you plan to engage them for the next 7 to 8 weeks? Many parents see their bills shoot up as a result of the piled-up series of activities to keep them busy like summer camps, outings, vacation and adventures.
However, if you ever plan to spend little or less, here are our few suggestions on some budget friendly activities to keep the kids engaged.
- Learn Origami – Make paper birds, animals, airplane etc.
- Invite friends over for a game night.
- Shoot funny home videos of singing, dancing or just acting goofy. Get creative with your smartphone and flood your Instagram and Facebook with your kids’ creative contents.
- Buy and play cards and board games -Chess, Monopoly, Snakes and Ladder, Scrabble, etc.
- Learn to cook and bake various meals and snacks – Chin-chin, Puff-Puff, Cookies, Cupcakes etc.
- Make your own lollies and Popsicle using juice, Kool-Aid etc
- Conduct fun STEM experiments. Click here to download our STEM eBook on fun science experiments.
- Make a kite and fly it.
- Do Arts and Crafts from socks puppet to paper pinwheel to crazy glasses. Click here to download our craft eBook
- Have fun with water games from water balloons, water guns etc.
- Play balloon sports- Use balloons to play volleyball, balloon tennis,
- Organise a scavenger hunt
- Plan movie nights -Rent movies on DSTV box office for as low as 400 naira
- Create an indoor obstacle course and use pillowcases for sack race.
- Plan a picnic- go to the beach.
- Be a ‘’tourist “and go sight seeing
- Ride your bike
- Play football/Basketball.
- Read books
- Play 9ijakids game
The term is fast ending, where did all the time go (and you mean school fees has ended already)? LOL
End of term ushers’ exams and awards season. We all await our children to ace their exams. The secret to acing exams is effective studying. It’s always better to start revision early than leave it to the last minute.
Now that the secret is out about getting As, here are a few suggestions on how to make study time fun and engaging.
- Create a Revision Song or Rhyme
Remember this: Thirty days has September, April, June and November. Why do you think I still remember this? The truth is that songs and rhymes form part of our learning from a young age. The act of writing down some words and putting them into song can serve as a good way to revise. With this, when the child needs to remember an important information, s/he can simply sing the song aloud or in the head to find the answer.
- Use Acronyms
Acronyms can be a good way to help kids remember information. Remember BODMAS and MR NIGER D? It helps kids use the first alphabet that starts each word to remember the information when they need it. You can help them memorise and remember easily using acronyms.
- Teach it to Someone
Another fun way is to have your child play the role of a teacher while you listen to him/her. You can have them explain or recite a line to you or define and even explain a topic while you listen. This will help your child understand better and even help them recall easily.
10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss with others, 80% of what we personally experience, 95% or what we teach others
- Revision Quiz
I somewhat like this so much because it has a way of creating a cognitive image of the learning process entirely. For instance, the child can always have a playback of the major activities that happened during the quiz especially if you introduce incentives for every question s/he gets right. Have your child join you in drafting about 5 to 10 questions that relate to each of the subjects they are taking and, on another sheet, have them write the corresponding answers. It is also advisable to mix both tough and cheap ones together to challenge them.
- Use of Flashcards
Flashcards can be very effective in helping kids recall easily both in the classroom and at home. Teachers also use the technique to teach kids a variety of important things, such as numbers, words, shapes and more!
- Practice with 9ijkaids games
Games can be a good revision tool if channelled appropriately. Educational games like 9ijakids that are developed in line with school subjects can make revision fun for kids. The kids can play maths games, science and English games to revise and get feedback immediately.
Remember that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Insert some daily “buffer time” during study time, give your child a choice of doing the things he/she enjoys. Educational games like 9ijakids can also be used as breaks from studying – they serve dual purpose of helping the child to have fun while revising their schoolwork and see how well they are doing with the feedback system.
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FACT: Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives
So, have you gone through last term’s report card? What areas did your child do well in? What areas does he/she need help with? What are your expectations of your child in this term? What should you be saying to his teacher at the start of the term? Having realistically high expectations for your kids is essential to successful parenting. Often, children rise to the expectations set for them.
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What kind of things should you discuss?
Here are few questions you should ask your child’s teacher to spark up some productive discussions that can help your child this school term.
- What is my child expected to learn this year?
- What are your expectations of my child?
- What is my child’s strongest and weakest subjects?
- Does my child hand homework in on time?
- Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
- How are my child’s social skills?
- Does my child seem happy at school?
- Have you noticed any unusual behaviours?
- Do you think my child is reaching his/her potential?
- What can I do at home to help support his/her academic progress?
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