Every vacation, parents are faced with a question of universal importance: How to spend time with their child in a way that is fun, interesting, and rewarding for both children and parents.
Children need constant care, and parents must not only give extra homework help, feeding and putting them to bed, but also pay attention, develop them and walk with them.
Most parents begin to worry and prepare their child for first grade in advance, but often they don’t know where to start. And here in front of every parent there is a difficult choice.
If you choose the right activities for the vacations, summer preparation for first grade can be fun, unobtrusive and effective. About what is useful to play and what to do in the summer with future first graders, tells a doctor of psychology.
1. Map of Interests
To figure out what to do with your child this summer, draw a map of his interests. List on a piece of paper all of his hobbies and make a schedule so you can devote time to each of them. It’s important that your child is involved in the schedule, too, and feels that his or her decisions have an impact on something.
Study your son or daughter’s interests – read about the games they play, their favorite cartoon characters. If a child spends a lot of time with a console or tablet, and does not do sports, pick up a moving game for the console. So the child will see that even fun can be useful.
This technique will also help during studies: the first grader will know that in addition to reading a paragraph in the textbook, he can read an article on the Internet, go to an exhibition, have a discussion or make up a quest. Then an interest in learning will be reinforced even before school.
2. Time Management
Make a schedule of activities together with your child and set timers so that the rules are really respected: the ability to follow the daily routine will come in handy already in three months.
You can decorate the schedule beautifully and stick it on the wall. If the child already uses gadgets, explain to him how Google calendar, Trello or other task tracker works. Many preschoolers use them freely.
A schedule is also helpful because you put in writing an agreement with your child to do certain chores and rituals. This reduces the likelihood of arguments like “we didn’t agree on this.
3. Motion Games
There is not enough physical activity in kindergartens, so in the summer before the first year of school it is worth paying attention to strengthening the physical health of the child.
Let him walk around the yard more if possible, go with him to the parks, go hiking. Before school you can also think about what sports a child likes and fits, what he would like to do in parallel with the studies, and conduct a test-drive of sports sections (for example, go to several one-time classes in swimming, soccer, dancing, etc.).
4. Playing With Other Children
Future first graders need to know how to not only win, but also with dignity, without getting upset, lose. Movement games will help to learn this. It is great if they will have an element of communication – relay races.
This will help improve communication skills and teach teamwork. A great way to develop communication skills – quests, where each participant has a key to pass the game. Under such conditions, there can be no situation where one of the children led everyone to success and the rest did not feel involved.
5. Board Games
It’s great that now there are not only board games with a competitive plan, when participants are fighting for leadership, but also games where you can win as a team.
Relevant attention will be and attention games like “Uno” or “Dobble” – with their help you can train reaction (it will then be easier for a child to respond to questions from the teacher).
You can also play semi-desktop games like Activity or Crocodile. There children work in teams, as well as developing creative skills: storytelling, drawing, and drawing.
6. Exercises And Rituals
For future first graders, parents can come up with small rituals to follow. For example, choose a word of the day and come up with games with it for the day.
Traditions created during the vacations will help make it easier to adapt to the rules that the child will face at school: picking up their briefcase, filling out their diary, doing their homework, and so on.
7. Computer and Console
To deprive your child of computer games or consoles in the summer, if he is interested in it, makes no sense: you will become a parental nuisance. It is better to make gadgets a part of cognitive activity, and together with your child to work out a daily routine, which also takes into account this interest of his.
Parents in general, it’s time to stop demonizing computers: consoles can also be useful, actionable games. And they may well be equated with dancing and soccer lessons.
8. Skills of a Future First-Grader
The ability to talk about yourself and listen to others. It is good when a future first grader can easily make contact, say hello, and introduce himself. During vacations it is useful to practice with children what in business is called “elevator pitch”, when people in a minute interestingly talk about their own projects.
A child, on the other hand, can be taught in a minute to talk about themselves and their hobbies, as well as to ask questions and be interested in other people’s hobbies.
Understanding one’s emotions, feelings, experiences. This is the primary stage of developing emotional intelligence. Try all summer to talk about moods, teach your child phrases like “I feel… because…”.
Following instructions. Constructors with diagrams will help. Or you can also come up with your own games for following an algorithm – let a child, for example, write or draw an instruction “How to make a sandwich. So he will learn how to structure information – you can’t do without it at school.