We are reaching a rather exciting time as the Christmas holidays are approaching nearer! Even though it is such a busy time, Christmas can still provide many opportunities for our children and young people to practice the skills they have been learning at school.
No one wants to do extra homework, but when learning is hidden within Christmas preparations and family activities, it just seems part of the fun. Here are some suggestions to try – most can be adapted for different ages and learning stages.
Write Santa a Letter
Encourage your child to write a Christmas list, or letter to Santa. Asking Santa for gifts seems to motivate even the most reluctant writer. There are plenty of templates online to help if your child is in the early stages of writing.
Write Gift Tags and Christmas Cards
Write gift tags or Christmas cards together. This is great practice for children who have just learnt to write their names.
Have a Quiz Night
Make up a Christmas quiz and hold a family quiz evening to encourage learning.
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
Get the silver pens out and encourage them to decorate their own wrapping paper.
Almost any cooking activity uses Maths skills. Weighing, measuring and timing is all apart of the learning fun. Plus, who doesn’t love some delicious treats over the Christmas holidays!
Have a games evening. Using a dice, or two reinforces early counting skills for younger children. Games for older children often require concentration and reasoning.
Add Up Money
If your child has received money as a present, practice Maths skills by thinking about what to spend it on or how much to save. If you know who is planning to give money, ask if they can give it in coins or small notes so it is fun to sort and count.
Have an Advent Calendar
Encourage your child to carefully look at the numbers on their advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. Nearer the time they can calculate how many hours or seconds left until the big day.
Create Your Own Decorations
Make some decorations, such as paper chains or crackers together. As well as developing creativity, cutting, sticking and drawing develops fine motor control skills.
Make New Year’s Resolutions
Write down all the New Year’s Resolutions from members of the household and keep in a prominent place as a reminder.
Welcoming our first foster child
July 17 2020
Adi and Kelly started fostering in 2019 and have cared for a number of children in a short space of time. Today, they share their experience of welcoming their first child.
Lessons from a first time foster parent
June 25 2020
Taryn is a foster parent, who shares her experience of fostering and welcoming her first child into her home.
Mike and Rose
May 22 2020
Rose and Mike, foster parents based in Milton Keynes, have provided over 100 periods of vital care.
“There’s nothing like seeing the world through a child’s eyes”
May 22 2020
Theresa, a foster parent based in Gloucester, shares the magic of Christmas.
“Fostering has given us the ability to become parents for the first time”
April 3 2020
Foster parents, Denise and her husband George share how they’ve been able to give children who have had a poor start in life, a better future.
Can't find what you're looking for?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
Your local team
Find contact details for your local office team. We’re always happy for you to pop-in and chat.