In this newsletter you will find some ideas to ensure that your child is ready for next term as well as enjoying the summer holidays. There are suggestions for you to use with your family to enjoy your time together. We are sure some of the fun ideas and games will be constructive in teaching your child to concentrate and to share.
Reading skills All children need help with reading and are always so proud when they can do so. Reading stories to them, allowing them to listen to stories in the car and visiting the library for story times are all good ways to help increase vocabulary and imagination.
Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence. Because everything changes when we read. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. There is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time children finish a book they get stickers and rewards and there's a certificate for everyone who finishes. The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all school children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part, and most libraries run Summer Reading Challenge linked early years activity for pre-schoolers. The theme for the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge is The Big Friendly Read.
Topics The long summer holiday, whilst it is the perfect time to relax and enjoy the great outdoors, can see a dip in learning. Encouraging your child to compile a topic on a favoured topic is an excellent way to keep learning going.
Prepare for next term Do help your child at home so that they start school full of confidence and enthusiasm. They need a rest but cooking, painting, reading together, gardening and swimming can achieve this too.
Subject help We thought we would include this section so that you can use some of the ideas in this section incidentally to improve your child's knowledge. A visit to the Science or National History Museum can be a great day out.
Activities Children do love to play outdoors and should be encouraged to play games to keep them active and learn to play as a 'team'. This is good preparation for group work in school and playing in the school playground.