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Keep your child learning while you travel!

Your child can learn while you are travelling!

Written​ ​by​ ​Madeline​ ​Mitchell Owner​ ​of​ ​Hi​ ​iQ​ ​Tutoring

There​ ​is​ ​no​ ​doubt​ ​about​ ​it,​ ​kids​ ​absolutely​ ​love​ ​holidays!
The​ ​experiences​ ​children​ ​gain​ ​from​ ​being​ ​away​ ​from​ ​their​ ​homes,​ ​out​ ​of​ ​routine​ ​and​ ​travelling

provide​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​learning​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​young​ ​minds!

Whether​ ​it’s​ ​camping​ ​in​ ​the​ ​bush,​ ​a​ ​holiday​ ​house​ ​by​ ​the​ ​sea​ ​or​ ​an​ ​overseas​ ​exploration,​ ​the excitement,​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​adventure​ ​and​ ​travel​ ​itself,​ ​all​ ​provide​ ​an​ ​invaluable​ ​learning​ ​experience for​ ​your​ ​child.

Whilst​ ​the​ ​holiday​ ​is​ ​a​ ​learning​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​itself,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​still​ ​several​ ​things​ ​you​ ​can​ ​do​ ​to encourage​ ​and​ ​support​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​learning​ ​while​ ​you​ ​are​ ​away.

6​ ​learning​ ​activities​ ​while​ ​on​ ​holidays!

  1. Keep​ ​a​ ​‘senes’​ ​journal!​ ​We’ve​ ​all​ ​been​ ​told​ ​about​ ​keeping​ ​a​ ​journal​ ​when​ ​we’re​ ​awayand​ ​this​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​way​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​kids​ ​writing​ ​whilst​ ​travelling.​ ​A​ ​‘senses’​ ​journal​ ​is​ ​an​ ​even better​ ​way​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​children​ ​in​ ​their​ ​writing!​ ​Ask​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​describe​ ​what​ ​they​ ​can hear,​ ​smell,​ ​taste,​ ​touch​ ​and​ ​see.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​produce​ ​a​ ​more​ ​in-depth​ ​travel​ ​journal​ ​and will​ ​encourage​ ​greater​ ​use​ ​of​ ​imagery​ ​and​ ​description.
  2. ‘A​ ​simile​ ​a​ ​day’​ ​-​ ​whether​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​in​ ​Kindergarten​ ​or​ ​Year​ ​6,​ ​writing​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one simile​ ​a​ ​day​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​way​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​them​ ​in​ ​creative​ ​thinking​ ​and​ ​develop​ ​their​ ​use​ ​of figurative​ ​language.​ ​All​ ​kids​ ​love​ ​similes!​ ​Try​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​smilies​ ​based​ ​on​ ​your​ ​travel experience​ ​eg​ ​‘the​ ​plane​ ​bounced​ ​like​ ​a​ ​tennis​ ​ball​ ​as​ ​it​ ​came​ ​into​ ​landing’.
  3. Maths​ ​Matters!​ ​Everywhere​ ​you​ ​go​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​exchanging​ ​money​ ​for​ ​experiences​ ​- dinner,​ ​theme​ ​parks,​ ​ice-cream,​ ​you​ ​name​ ​it!​ ​Get​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​work​ ​out​ ​the​ ​change,​ ​give them​ ​‘pocket​ ​money’​ ​to​ ​spend,​ ​calculate​ ​the​ ​exchange​ ​rates,​ ​plan​ ​an​ ​outing​ ​with​ ​a budget,​ ​estimate​ ​fuel​ ​costs,​ ​the​ ​mathematical​ ​possibilities​ ​are​ ​endless!
  4. Local​ ​Spelling​ ​Masters!​ ​If​ ​you’re​ ​in​ ​a​ ​new​ ​area​ ​then​ ​the​ ​chances​ ​are​ ​you​ ​are​ ​surrounded by​ ​new​ ​streets,​ ​parks,​ ​cuisines​ ​and​ ​activities!​ ​Get​ ​your​ ​child/children​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to spell​ ​some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​new​ ​words.​ ​Building​ ​on​ ​their​ ​vocabulary​ ​is​ ​so​ ​important​ ​and​ ​if​ ​your child​ ​knows​ ​how​ ​to​ ​correctly​ ​spell​ ​the​ ​word,​ ​then​ ​they​ ​are​ ​much​ ​more​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​use​ ​it​ ​in their​ ​writing.​ ​For​ ​example;​ ​‘fishing’,​ ​‘skiing’,​ ​‘aeroplane’,​ ​‘cruise’,​ ​‘mountain’,​ ​‘teppanyaki’ etc.​ ​Don’t​ ​just​ ​assume​ ​your​ ​child​ ​can​ ​spell​ ​some​ ​of​ ​these​ ​words,​ ​check​ ​for​ ​yourself!
  5. Research!​ ​Jump​ ​online,​ ​look​ ​at​ ​a​ ​travel​ ​guide​ ​or​ ​find​ ​the​ ​local​ ​information​ ​centre​ ​and​ ​do some​ ​research!​ ​Who​ ​were​ ​the​ ​traditional​ ​owners​ ​of​ ​the​ ​land?​ ​What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​area​ ​famous for?​ ​What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​popular​ ​sport?​ ​What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​local​ ​population?​ ​Is​ ​there​ ​a​ ​wet​ ​and​ ​a dry​ ​season?
  6. 6. Dr​ ​Seuss​ ​said​ ​it​ ​best;​ ​‘You​ ​can​ ​find​ ​magic​ ​wherever​ ​you​ ​look,​ ​sit​ ​back​ ​and​ ​relax​ ​all​ ​you need​ ​is​ ​a​ ​book’.​ ​It​ ​doesn’t​ ​matter​ ​what​ ​the​ ​book/comic/travel​ ​guide​ ​is,​ ​it’s​ ​always​ ​a​ ​great idea​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​reading.​ ​Read​ ​before​ ​bed,​ ​read​ ​out​ ​loud,​ ​read​ ​at the​ ​airport​ ​etc.​ ​Try​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​reading!

Have​ ​fun,​ ​stay​ ​safe,​ ​get​ ​creative​ ​and​ ​explore!

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