Don't forget your English brain!
Summer Fun and English Learning
I can’t believe there are only four more weeks of school. Summer is right around the corner, where has the time gone? Teachers and students alike are ready for a well-deserved break from school and are ready for some fun in the sun!
While the summer holidays are a time for relaxation, it's also essential to keep your children's minds active and engaged. One fantastic way to do this is by encouraging them to continue learning English. In this blog, I will share some ideas to keep your children’s English brains working so we can start where we left off (or even further) when we meet again in August.
This one is for parents who also enjoy learning and speaking in English
Plan Language-Friendly Activities:
Make use of the summer weather and plan outdoor activities that naturally incorporate English. Take your children to the park, zoo, or lake and encourage them to interact with other English-speaking kids. This can help them practice their conversational skills while having a great time.
Incorporate English into Daily Routines:
Make English a part of your children's daily routines. Label items around the house with their English names, have English-themed mealtimes where you discuss the day's activities in English, or play English-language music in the background while doing chores.
For those parents who are less excited about speaking English and need some activities to keep the kids busy – no judgement from me…I know exactly how full-on it is having kids around all day! Here are some activities for your children to do alone or with a friend!
Use Engaging Language Apps and Games:
Popular apps like Duolingo, Memrise, or Rosetta Stone'slanguage courses for kids are designed for children. These platforms offer interactive and enjoyable language-learning experiences that will keep your children motivated and eager to learn English.
Read and Listen to English Books and Audiobooks:
Visit the local library and let them choose books that interest them. Most libraries offer a selection of English books. I recommend using picture books because the pictures lift the words off the page and give the stories context. Alternatively, you can explore online platforms that offer books and audiobooks suitable for different age groups. You can watch youtube videos where native speakers read the books aloud. Reading not only enhances vocabulary but also improves comprehension skills.
Explore English-Language Movies and TV Shows:
Choose popular animated movies or TV shows that are both entertaining and educational. Maybe choose a film that they already know well and watch it in English. I sometimes watch Disney movies in German! This way,they can improve their listening skills and pick up new vocabulary effortlessly.
I hope this list gives you some fun ideas to continuel earning English over the holidays. If not, I hope I gave you some ideas on how to take some breaks from your little learners when you need them!