Even as a relatively new parent of only 5 years (I still count this as new people), Adam and I have often found ourselves straddling the rather fine line of being laid back parents and not pushy, allowing our children to develop at their own pace and at their own time, yet also encouraging to have a go at things and do their best, and helping them get the most out of their education.
We all want our children to do well, but especially at the tender age of 5, we would never want Freddie (or Sasha when she’s at school next year) to really feel like they’re learning or being pushed in any great way.
Both children break up from school/preschool within the next few days, and blimey, do they need the holidays now. Freddie in particular is really tired, and I know will benefit from several weeks of being able to switch off. BUT (and this is where the ‘but’ comes in), I’m always torn between letting them chill out totally for the whole of the holidays, and still keeping their little brains ticking a bit with continuing reading/doing some fun number exercises etc. I’ve read about ‘learning loss’ over the holidays, and why some teachers would prefer shorter summer breaks so as the children don’t forget a proportion of what they’ve learnt and have to start with it all over again come September.
In my opinion, great learning, especially for younger children should be made fun so as they don’t really know that they’re learning at all. Freddie has actually really enjoyed being tested on subjects he enjoys (ask him a question about train routes or the London underground and you have a child in his element), so I was interested to try out some fun KS1 quizzes by ‘Education Quizzes’ in a variety of topics to see if this would be something he’d enjoy doing over the summer (and not even realise he was keeping on brushing up on school work, natch).
He’s always been good with numbers as a toddler, can read well for his age, and has a budding interest in countries and the world in general, so thought the maths, English and Geography quizzes in particular would be right up his street.
The primary aim of Education Quizzes is to help children of all ages be successful at school, with quizzes in all subjects, from KS1, right through to GSCE. All the quizzes are written by teachers, and therefore they really GET what children need to learn, and also HOW they learn, which makes it very appealing.