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Should Kids Study During The Summer Holidays

The kiddies have been on summer holidays for 2 weeks now and loving it. We have tried our best to stay busy mentally and physically. And I think we are doing a very good job. The summer holidays in the UK is for 6 weeks, and that is a very long time. I know it is longer in the US and other countries, but for most of us here, 6 weeks is more than enough time.

The twins start Reception aka Big school in September, and we have been working on getting them ready for the many changes ahead. I have been working on getting them as independent as they can be for a 4 year old, and it has been a rollercoaster but a good one. They are learning very quickly and I know they would be more than ready in September on the big day. How are you all enjoying the summer vacation?

 

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Should Kids Study During The Summer Holidays?

One question I hear among parents a lot is whether the kids should study or do any type of school work while on summer holidays. And my answer is and has always been yes. I was very studious as a kid and I took that habit to adulthood. It has helped me achieve so much in life. I got all my GCSEs at the age of 15 (a year earlier). And I got my first degree in Accounting at the tender age of 19. I got my  second degree in International Human Resources at the age of 22. Having the studious mindset helped me achieve this. I have never had an issue with exams and studying for them, and I want that for my kids. I want them to excel in whatever career they choose and starting young with them is the best way to achieve this.

 

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The good thing is that the kids love it. They love the idea of studying. It is not hard work for them. It comes naturally and I want to encourage that a lot. Which is why we practise our all sorts. From Maths and English, to Music and Arts. They are picking them up real quick and already have favourites.

They are good with numbers and words, and are already starting to read and white even though they are yet to start school. Pre school did help but they did more of playing and growing up than learning over there. I like the fact that they are ahead of what they need to know and are loving it. The fact that they love school work at 4 years is a blessing, and I hope they take that mindset through primary school, high school and all the way to the university.

It is still all fun and games though. We always have to make room for that. We have had all sorts of family days out and activities in between, and we still have many days out planned.

Hope everyone is having a lovely summer holiday, regardless of how you decide to spend the time.

 

 

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Kids Section – Surviving Pre School

The kids are wrapping up pre school in the next few days and I am super excited. Surviving pre school was a roller coaster. They have been at pre school for almost 2 years now. And they are heading off to BIG school in Sept, yay!  We are all super excited for them going to Reception. They are the older ones in their class, so they are quite prepared for the big change. But I think I will need to prepare myself a little more. And get the tissues ready for their graduation ceremony. I am sure there will be LOTS of happy tears flowing down.

Surviving pre school was tricky but easy at the same time. It was easy in the sense that the kiddies love school in general and well quite happy to be there. But it was also tricky because they are kids at the end of the day. And on some days, they can’t be bothered to play pre school.

 

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These 2 cuties have grown before my very eyes. I remember their first few months in pre school and how they decided they were no longer interested in going when the novelty wore off. Learning to feed, potty training and increasing their vocabulary all happened are some of the big changes that happened in the last few years. I am already looking forward to see how they would both excel at Reception and beyond.

I know it is still quite early but we have already started getting ready for primary school. So the uniform shopping has started, as well as all the other back to school essentials. I recently reviewed some name sticker labels, which we will be sticking on all their belongings in time for September. I like to plan well in advance and get everything done early to avoid the last-minute chaos.

 

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How we survived pre school

School can be hard work for kids, parents and teachers. Which is why it makes sense to take certain precautions. Here are some ways that helped us survive pre school.

 

We stayed on top of vaccinations and hygiene

I made sure we stayed on top of all our vaccinations. School is a breeding ground for all sorts of illness. So being on top of all vaccinations and keep the kids very clean does help reduce the chances of them getting very ill. Daily baths are important especially when they go to school. I find it shockingly that some kids only baths once or twice a week. A quick face and hand wash does not count as a proper bath. It won’t get rid of all the dirt they have rolled in during the day at school.

 

Buy cheap clothes and shoes

Buying cheap clothes and shoes for the kids to wear to pre school or nursery is a way to survive it. Trust me on this one. Your bank balance would thank you for it.  You won’t want your kids messing up their pricey pieces with paints and dirt. So ensure you send them to school with cheap play clothes and shoes you don’t mind them ruining.

 

Ensure the kids get the right amount of sleep and eat healthy

Bedtime is 7pm. It has been 7pm since the kiddies were babies and it has definitely helped their growth and development. Kids love routine, so that has been a plus as well. The right amount of sleep and a balanced diet does help children and adults deal with the demands of life. So ensure your kids get these basic requirements.

 

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We are looking forward to Reception and the changes it brings. Bring it on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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