To plan vacation activities to support the intellectual, social, and emotional development of a child between the ages of 6 and 12, it is important to consider carefully what nature has given him to help him study the world. It is these characteristics that help adults decide what choices young people have to offer.
Physical strength development
Young people and beginners are in a period of growth. They want to challenge themselves. They can refine both large and small motor skills. They can learn complex sequences of movements. Physical activity does not necessarily need to take the form of organized sports, but rather hands-on work at home.
Expanding the social circle
Young people and children can be sent to a camp or to invite friends home or participate in interest activities. This extends their social circle beyond the usual family. They need to be socially active in the summer – to use public transport, to go to a library, to attend exhibitions.
Part of the group
The child needs to be part of a group of children, attracted by the understanding of the nature of loyalty and friendship. This inner need can be supported in the summer by participating in clubs, scout camps, and hikes, time with friends, group activities with children with similar interests.
Exploring moral concepts
Schoolchildren are particularly sensitive to moral issues and issues. Young people need help to develop the nuances of perspectives as well as being able to express their deep sympathy for the world. Family interaction as a community is not a “summer break”.
Adults need to think about what responsibilities everyone, including the child, has to others and the home. The child needs to be involved in activities such as tidying up, decorating the home, caring for others, gardening, preparing food, responsibilities such as throwing away trash, cleaning, making lists for the market, preparing breakfast, launching laundry.
Development of logic and imagination
Children develop an understanding of linear time, the ability to look back and look ahead in time, and to imagine things they have not experienced with their senses. The child feels the urge to create. This development must also be supported in the summer with daily reading, exploring different literary genres, cultural experiences, experiences in the wild, making art.
Children can keep a diary during their summer vacation to record their plans for the week, the day, write about their experiences each day, what they like, what they would change, and how they draw their impressions.
The characters are honored.
Children are attracted to the extraordinary, the extravagant. They need to know that the character is more than a person who is good at what he does or who is famous. Summer is a great opportunity to meet people who do different things for others.
Intellectual development and reasoning ability
Children are interested in the way things work and why, when. The summer vacation offers many opportunities for exploring the natural world, observing nature, searching for forms in nature, exploring natural phenomena, solving logical problems.
Ability to learn management practices and ideas
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The ability to create great things
Children are engaged and intuitively know that the maximum benefit for development is the result of maximum effort. Easy is boring, difficult is interesting, so let the child create. It is the responsibility of adults and summer vacations to create as many opportunities as possible for children to express their deep love for the world around them while showing a positive attitude to life in society, even if it is not always comfortable or even if things do not always develop, as they wish; develop a friendly attitude towards mistakes; encourage optimism and hope.
Rest and learning periods
During the summer holidays, adults can help their children make a plan for the day, which may include, for example, 5 goals and 5 activities. You can guide your kids to set daily goals for the challenges they want to overcome, for example: perfecting their swimming style, their handwriting, reading a chapter from a book, making a grandma’s birthday card, finishing the flower story.
And the five activities they need to do can be things they do at home, for example: pour flowers, walk the dog, cook fresh juice for breakfast, wash my sneakers, throw away the trash.
“Encourage your child to continue the habit of making a daily plan, marking the goals and activities accomplished each night. He can write impressions and experiences in his diary, supplement, write notes, and draw. Thus, the child naturally will be a way to balance their energy and channel it. Kids gain confidence through trial and error in an environment of friendly error-making, “says Montessori.
Time for new habits
Freedom is closely linked to responsibility. The more responsibility children have for their own activities, the more sensible choices they make, the more freedom they have. Adults are responsible for guiding children to develop good work habits for early school-age concentration. A habit develops in about 60 days. The summer vacation is about 90 days.