Today is the first day of winter break in many regions, giving kids two whole weeks off school around the Christmas holiday. While kids are always happy to be on holiday and away from school, it can be a challenge for parents to keep them busy! Especially with bad weather keeping them from playing outdoors or doing their favorite activities.
But Winter break is also a great time to catch up on all the things that kids don’t have time to do with their busy school schedules—like playing and discovering new things. And that’s why it’s the perfect time to keep learning English! “WHAT?!” you are thinking, “English?!”
You know that kids don’t want to study or do homework during their holiday, but don’t worry—we have something much better in mind! Here at Speak English Kids we are always busy with different activities for learning English, so we thought we would share some of them with you to make your two weeks of Winter “break” a little easier! The kids can have fun and even learn a bit of English as well! We know that kids learn and remember languages better when they are playing and creating memories.
So with that in mind, here are 5 things you can do with kids on Winter break to keep learning English:
1) Have a holiday sing-a-long. Music is always a great way to get into the holiday spirit, and kids love music they can sing to! Speak English Center has compiled a list of 8 fabulous holiday songs with the lyrics that your kids (and you!) can easily learn and sing along with. This makes for hours of fun and practice, and even though they don’t realize it, kids are improving their pronunciation and acquiring new vocabulary in English!
2) Scavenger hunt. Whether indoors or outdoors, or even in town, a scavenger hunt in the snow can be a lot of fun! Simply make a list of things—in English!—that the children are meant to seek and find. Make sure you have a treat for them at the end when they have accomplished the task! A simple list of household or garden items will do, for example a flower pot (which may be buried under snow), a pinecone, a pair of snow boots, etc. Tip: if you include a snowman on the list, they will have to build it first!
3) Have a movie marathon. Last year, Speak English Center also gave us a list of 5 must-watch Christmas movies in English. The key is to watch them with English subtitles! If your kids are very small, try using animated movies, of which there are dozens you can find online with automatic subtitles, especially for Christmas. Kids love to watch videos, and with these options, they will be picking up some English as well!
4) Cook a meal. If your kids are old enough to make simple recipes in the kitchen, let them try a holiday recipe in English! An easy cookie recipe can make for hours of entertainment, especially when it comes to cutting our shapes and decorating them—and of course eating them! Try an easy recipe for kids in English like this one for sugar cookies.
5) Make a home movie. Today’s technology makes it so easy to create movies and digital photo albums, and parents often say their kids are better at mastering the technology than the adults! Let your kids use your phone or other device to record a home movie over a day or two (or longer). They can write an original movie script, or just record everyday life around the house, your family holiday traditions, or even some of the activities mentioned above. Then they can edit the movie and add English subtitles to tell a story or narrate the video. They will love using the technology and it will be something you can keep for great holiday memories!
And of course, you can always sign up your kids for a holiday immersion camp if you have one near you. Speak English Kids has English immersion courses during school holidays with all kinds of fun activities led in English for children of all ages. Year after year kids come back to enjoy the time they spend at the center learning English and making friends.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out about the next school holiday schedule at Speak English Kids!
And in the meantime, enjoy the Winter break!