With the PSLE done and dusted, the textbooks and the assessment books and the exam papers have been packed away for a younger sibling or discarded forever.  But that doesn’t mean the learning should stop.

No, we are not suggesting that you go out and buy the Secondary 1 textbooks early and make them start reading. We are talking about learning about the world around us, learning as a continuous process, the kind of learning that will go some way towards assuaging our children’s constant need to have something to do and keep them out of mischief.

In this two part blog we explore how we can and should continue to use every day phenomena and activities as learning experiences.

Don’t Stop Learning While On Holiday

In this first part we look at how we can turn that much deserved post PSLE overseas trip into a marvellous learning experience

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Here are some suggestions :

  • When on holiday, point out natural phenomena to them or better still get them to read up on what they will be seeing before they even leave Singapore. Many Singaporean students don’t know how to differentiate between rivers, streams and lakes because we don’t have those here [well technically we do have some, but there has been quite a lot of modification by man]. If there are such water bodies in the places that you are visiting ask them to find out the differences between these types of water-bodies. They can act as your family’s tour guide at these sites regaling you with nuggets of information. It will do wonders for their self-esteem and increase their knowledge [and possibly yours?] at the same time.
  • If you are on a long-haul flight and are tired of the constant chorus of ‘Are we there yet?’, encourage them to look at the flight path. Even if it’s only a momentary distraction, they will learn a thing or two about the position of continents / countries on the world map and the names of the seas / oceans that divide the continents. Ask them why the flight path is rarely straight [but be sure to do your research beforehand so that you have the answer ready :)]
  • If you are headed up north for your holiday, it would be a good time to discuss why seasons occur and how winter is not always about ice skating and snowball fights.

Bon voyage!

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