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Did your exam just get cancelled or get simply over? Are you feeling anxious or sheepishly relieved to stay put at home safe and sound? With the 2nd wave of Covid 19 belting the world again, have you shut the doors to your vacation plans? Are you in a limbo – “What am I going to do with all the free time?”
Surely, you have already watched all the trending Hotstar series and ticked the ver-magical series of Harry Potter. With no friends and family to visit over this summer, how does one make the most of these months positively and creatively? Summers would always bring new freedom to try and learn new activities but how does one do that after the endless days spent at home with the lurking pandemic fear.
What a year this has been! You learnt a new and ambiguous way of learning and appearing for your exams in a whole new dimension. You have more than one reason to reflect and pat your back for all the hardships that you took and the adaptation you went through with online learning. Ask questions to yourself – What did I not do well in this academic year? Where did my time go? What will I do this new semester differently? This way you can take some time to set more practical goals for the year ahead.
Go conversational! Move beyond the greetings in any of the foreign languages that you always wanted to learn but had no time for it. Apps like Duolingo will help you strike off this goal easily
You can go bold this summer and learn a few skills that will make your resume far more impressive.
Core strength building
Oh, you always wanted to snuggle in that bed and read for hours, didn’t you? Or have you stayed away from the magical world of books? Then this is the time to pick up a book and immerse yourself in good reading time… Some of the good books that I recommend…
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Notes for Healthy Kids OR Don’t lose your mind. Lose your weight by Rujuta Diwekar
Who moved my Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
Grandma’ss Bag of Stories by Sudha Murthy
With Covid rationing on food supplies and purchases, it’s time to go the money way! Learn to manage money. Understand how money is earned, saved and parked for future use. It is a valuable life skill that each child must inculcate. That every packet of chips or biscuits can be noted in your little books of accounts. This way you will not only save money but also reduce your intake of junk foods.
Sometimes, it is important to simply not see the purpose in watching television. Letting your hair down and thrive on TV shows along with your loved ones and a bucket of popcorn. After all, you earned this vacation! The Avenger and Harry Potter series can be looped. Masterchef Australia will also bring the chef out of you!
With the social distancing rules and lockdown precautions, it is important to not indulge in public rendezvous. However, that doesn’t stop you in catching up with your bestie or an old friend on a quick Zoom or Meet chat. These apps have brought the world closer and fonder in these difficult times.
A scrapbook can capture all the long-lost memories in one place. With creative juices flowing, the entire family can sit down and piece it all together. Some pictures, sparklers, and stickers can accentuate the effort and make it all worthwhile at the end of it. A great conversation starter!
Life rolls on a board game, really! A great way to bring the family together for hours together. A game of Monopoly has never gone out of trend. You can jazz up a simple snakes and ladders game with a quick hand on multiplication and division concepts of Math. Giggles and healthy competitive spirit comes with an ace up your sleeve, literally!
Not again after a year full of screen learning. Well, let’s face it. This is the new normal! And if you want to see your child embracing the online learning methods well, summertime is the best time to look at upskilling your child’s potential. Enroll your child in Public Speaking program to augment his participative skills and confidence.
School days keep the children on their toes and get busy in balancing their assignments with their extracurricular activities. It is only this time of their summer vacation that they can be engaged in learning essential life skills. By encouraging them to learn and execute few of the house chores, keeping a tab on monthly spends, grocery listing, assisting their sibling in schoolwork, being timely in their routine activities will only make them far more responsible.
You have spent a more sedentary lifestyle with the lockdown and the long sitting online school hours. It’s time to move those limbs and set a regular exercise routine. Invest 45-minutes of sit-ups, ab crunches and mountain climbers to strengthen your core. Test your strength to hold a plank for 2 minutes!
So, what if you cannot travel the world today or pick up an outdoor activity? You can always create a list of wishes that you can strike off in safe comfort of your home.
There are some who speak English and then there are some who speak well in English. Vocabulary words bring life to your sentences. More than the size of the vocabulary, it is the quality and context that you can try to improve this summer. Hire a Coach or enroll in a Spoken English program to accentuate your conversational English.
It is highly therapeutic to clear the clutter and bring more space and oxygen to your place. Give away the newspapers or the books that you do not need anymore. Donate few of your toys and make way to good vibes on your desk.
A good exercise to encourage and grow plants. A small sapling is indeed a small step towards nurturing and caring for a living thing. Your child will get to know a lot through this experiment and value mother nature moreover.
The more you read, the more you learn and comprehend. Create a reading corner or stick to a timeslot if you aren’t been reading a lot! Snuggle into the covers and get lost in the magical stories of Harry Potter. You can re-read the old fable stories and apply the lessons to today’s situations too.
A good way to learn no-fire cooking. Baking activity can bring the family together once again. Not to mention, you get to enjoy the fruits of that hard work over a glass of milk and warm cake.
Oh, you always wanted to remodel your room décor. This is the best time to get your creative juices flowing then. With scrap and waste, you can create a lampshade, a pen stand, or a windchime. For more ideas, you can check in the Pinterest App.
Life will have its way to come back to the old normal in few days. The hustle and bustle always kept all of us on toes. Shuttling between busy school mornings to hurried lunch hours to tiring night ins, we saw it all. Now is the time to appreciate the value of time spent well together.
With work from home and the never-ending lockdown days, do not lose hope and feel overwhelmed with this limbo situation. I am sure that by trying your hand at these activities you will not only make your holidays more productive and fun-filled but also turn a new leaf this summer.
Also read: 10 Interesting Facts About English Languages
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