Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions
How to make the most of the holidays and vacations
The Holidays and the School vacations bring the much needed relief to the children and the parents alike, to regain the strength and beat the stress for some days. But it becomes a problem to engage the kids, during those days of the vacation.
Children are full of energy and they don't know, 'What to do,’ after a few days of relaxation. The problem is even greater, if both the parents are working and it is a nuclear family, that means the grandparents don't live together.
Here are some tips and ideas to keep your children engaged in a constructive way.
Take Up a Hobby
Music---both Instrumental and Vocal
You can enroll your kids in music classes or if they prefer, they can learn playing violin, guitar, drums, tabla or sitar, whichever is enjoyable to them. It is always good to learn this, as music is a great stress buster and will be an important personality trait for them, forever. They can entertain themselves, as well as others, by their creative talent.
Some children are greatly skilled in crafts, but do not get enough time to spare, due to their academic courses. Summer vacation is an opportune time to pick up these hobbies, and satisfy their artistic mind.
Art forms, such as Batik painting, Tie and Dye, Beads Painting, Collage Painting, Sculpture, Wood carving etc. can be easily learned, in two months crash courses, especially during summer breaks. There are plenty of individual or group classes available for the same, everywhere.
There are online courses as well, but it is always advisable to send the children to real places. It’s important for them to socialise with the real people, to make real friends, and interact with them.
Whether it is a boy or a girl, they like to cook, and they can be be given small tasks, related to cooking. In this way, they can even learn the units of measurements, and that's the trick. Cooking is a creative activity, and requires patience and precision, quite necessary in building up, the overall personality of the children.
Reading is an important habit, in which the present generation of children and youngsters are losing interest; thanks to the internet revolution. Even if they read, they do so on the internet. Parents should try to inculcate the habit of reading in the children, whether it is an inspirational story book or historical or mythological book, with pictures.
Children love fun, celebrations, music and dance. How wonderful it would be, if they learn the moves and skills, at a young age. And holidays are the perfect time, to give them this opportunity to learn dance.
Let them decide, what they want to learn, classical or contemporary. Let them take interest in the stage performances as well. All these activities are essential, for their overall personality growth and development.
Crafts for young children, source: youtube
Engage the children, in Some Group Activities in Residential Apartments
Some students and parents find it easy, to simply do 'nothing', while others get hooked to the Internet or Television. Both of which, is not correct at all.
How about organising some quiz contest, some racing event, some drama or stage show for the kids. Of course, the parents will have a busy time, but the children will learn something for sure.
Whether the schools are open or not, physical activity is a must for everyone, and that includes the children too. Instead of spending all time indoors, they should take up some sport, if not learn to play sport like football, basketball, lawn tennis, badminton etc. It is very important, for their physical and emotional health for the growing up years.
Spending Time With Family And Friends
Vacations provide a good opportunity, to spend quality time with the family. If the children are not living with their grandparents, they should go to visit and meet them. It makes the grandparents so happy, and the kids learn a lot in their affectionate company.
This also leads to healthy communication within the family. Picnics and parties at a suitable location, with lot of open space, can be organised and the children would really enjoy and remember it for their lifetime.
Traveling and learning
Children love to explore and Travel. Traveling to a new place, within your own country or abroad, gives them a chance to get familiar with the new cultures, learn different languages and explore new locations. Prior planning is required, if you want to travel comfortably.
This is a great way to spend your vacation, and very educative for the children.
In fact, traveling is a great teacher---Let the children look through the geographical maps, and directions themselves. And, if they learn a new language in the process, how wonderful is that!
Easy cooking by kids, source : YouTube
Learn with fun for kids , source: YouTube
Recap And Replan
It is very important to keep the children intellectually active, during the vacations and holidays too.
This is the time, when they can work, to make up in their weak areas. For example, if they have some problem in Mathematics or Grammar, those areas can be paid special attention to.
A recap, of what was learnt, and a planning of what has to be learnt really helps. If the children have some idea of the upcoming syllabus or some understanding beforehand, comprehension in the new class becomes easier.
Therefore, parents should see to it, that at least an hour or two, is devoted to the studies as well, during the holidays and vacations.
Practice makes a man perfect, and performance is adversely affected if there is no regular practice
I believe, the above quote explains it all. Make your children strengthen their weak areas, such as mathematics, numericals, formulas or grammar during holidays.
There is a mushrooming of Summer Camps these days. Choose wisely, if you are sending your child, to one of them.
What I feel, is that the holidays are a great opportunity for both the parents and children, to spend quality time together. Lot of healthy communication and bonding can take place, if you do so.
Make The Most of the Holidays or the School Vacation: Learn With Fun
You can think of various other ways, of how to engage your children constructively, during the holidays or vacation.
Technology is everywhere, in today's World and is almost a part of life.
While there are many benefits of technology, for learning purposes, but parents should see to it, that the children do not get addicted to it.
For sound physical and mental growth, outdoor activities are very important.
The purpose is, to Learn With Fun
Rather than feeling discontented about previous year's performances, concentrate on the new beginnings, simply by Relaxing, Rejuvenating and Recharging your body and mind.
While Holidays and vacations are a necessary break, from the routine life, it is important to keep the children from losing, what they have learnt. So, plan your holiday, and make the most of your vacation.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAVE FUN!
Things to do during Summer Vacation, source: You tube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 01, 2016:
Thanks Nell, for reading and appreciating the hub! My children too are adults like your son. Actually I wrote the hub remembering their childhood. Those were lovely days.
Thank you so much for commenting!
Nell Rose from England on June 01, 2016:
Great list of things to see and do Chitrangada, thankfully my son is now an adult and can find his own amusement! lol!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 25, 2016:
Thank you Audrey Howitt, for your kind visit and comments!
I am glad this is useful to you. Good to see you after a long time.
Audrey Howitt from California on May 24, 2016:
Very timely! We are just getting ready for the onslaught of summer vacation from schools!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 04, 2016:
Thank you colorfulone, for reading and commenting on this hub!
Glad you liked it. You are so right---Childhood is so much fun and full of enthusiasm and excitement. I remember my childhood days as well as the childhood days of my children.
Thanks for your beautiful thoughts!
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on May 03, 2016:
Its amazing when I think of all the fun things there are for kids to do, and their lives can be enriched in so many different ways. It almost makes me wish I was a kid again.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 07, 2015:
Thank you M L Morgan, for your kind visit and positive comments!
Glad you liked the hub. I can understand how difficult it must be to keep the kids engaged constructively, especially if they are home schooled.
Appreciate you for stopping by!
M L Morgan on August 06, 2015:
Great hub, my kids are homeschooled, so it's even more important to keep them entertained and focused all year. Thank you for sharing :) (Accessed via the FB group page)
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 03, 2015:
Thanks Dianna, for your valuable comments!
I remember joining hobby classes, such as painting, Batik art, social service groups during my childhood days during two months long Summer Vacation.
Even my kids have learnt a lot during vacations. The choices of course have changed with changing times. They love electronics and adventure sports.
Appreciate your insightful comments! Thanks!
Dianna Mendez on July 02, 2015:
Summer fun while learning important lessons is a great adventure! As a child, I enrolled in the summer reading program every year at the library. It seems to have ignited by love of writing. You have posted some really great suggestions for parents. Well done!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2015:
Thank you peachpurple, for reading and commenting and adding your ideas!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 16, 2015:
heading to the beach is one way to cool off the heat
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 31, 2014:
Thank you Thelma Alberts, for your kind visit and positive comments!
Happy weekend to you too!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 31, 2014:
Those are good tips on how to spend the summer vacation. We have enjoyed some of these. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 21, 2013:
Thanks Celiegirl, for visiting this hub and commenting!
Yes I agree, it really needs lot of effort to keep grown up kids engaged.
Thanks again and have a great weekend!
Celiegirl on December 21, 2013:
Good suggestions, still deal with keeping grown kids engaged on vacation. Have used many of these, thanks for recapping them.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 17, 2013:
Thanks katswater, for visiting this hub and your comments!
Glad you shared your moments of pleasure here. Thanks!
katswater on May 16, 2013:
I found these great sandcasting kits at Beach and Nature Company (beachandnatureco.com) that were a wonderful activity to do with my 4 grandkids. The kit comes with everything to make an 8" x 6" casting. the activity (including finding all of the treasures to put into it) took up a full afternoon and afterwards we had great keepsakes of the day.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 10, 2013:
Thanks DDE, for reading the hub and your valuable comments! Glad you liked the hub.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 10, 2013:
Summer time is the best for outdoors with family and friends and you mentioned most helpful ways on How To Engage Your Kids During Summer Vacation, definitely should be considered from time to time.