Easter holidays are here, and whilst we’re partial to a chocolate egg or two we also know that a long break from learning can really impact dyslexic children. So why not enjoy the Easter fun and encourage their learning at the same time?
Embracing the Easter fun
Holidays are great, no timetable to stick to, lazy mornings and late nights. But, when it comes to dyslexia it’s good to continue some learning alongside enjoying that valuable time off.
No parent wants a battle over homework, or for their home to become an environment where learning becomes too stressful. However, encouraging a dyslexic child to learn at home adds an additional dimension of challenges. A fortnight off school or nursery, can be hugely appealing and incredibly daunting all at the same time.
The good news is that learning through play is not just great for dyslexic children, it’s also a really positive experience for parents too. And even better, Easter is the perfect holiday for finding those learning opportunities that aren’t just sitting down with a book. With the rabbits, the eggs, and if you’re into it, the chocolate, there are lots of ways to create games and activities. They can even strengthen those all-important reading, memory and recognition skills without the kids even realising it.
Egg-citing Opportunities for dyslexic children to learn during Easter!
Who doesn’t love a good Easter Egg Hunt? They’re great fun whatever your age. Introducing some simple clues or riddles can turn the hunt into the perfect occasion to practice a little bit of reading as well. Zooming around the house or garden for the next clue is the perfect reward to encourage your little (or not so little!) one. Learning to read and understand what’s been written down. You could even take it one step further and give them a list of objects to look for as part of a scavenger hunt. Whichever method you choose, they are both equally rewarding and a boost for a dyslexic child’s development.
But why stop there? Easter Eggs are a great excuse to have some outdoor fun with egg and spoon races, or even an Easter Egg roll. Just decorate some hard-boiled eggs and have a competition to see which rolls the farthest Or, you could see which ends up with the least cracks or which is the best decorated. Plus, getting your child to create some certificates or fun awards for the winners means a little bit of reading and writing practice as well.
The British weather sometimes puts a dampener on Easter plans, but it doesn’t need to stop you bringing an educational Easter element to games indoors. Why not create a game of Easter Bingo using letters, words or numbers – perfect for encouraging thinking and reasoning skills. Or try your hand at an Easter themed Spot the Difference. You could use pictures of rabbits or chicks and make slight changes to them. This sort of activity is great for developing your child’s attention to detail and also requires them to sit and focus. This is Something that some children really struggle with.
Once Easter itself is out of the way there are still some great ways to use your holiday time to support your dyslexic child’s development. The huge variety of board games on the market means there’s a lot of choice. Even a few really good options which also double up as a learning opportunity.
Scrabble is an old favourite, and you can change the rules to make it as simple or complicated as you need. Boggle is another popular choice, involving shaking a few dice with letters on and making as many words as you can with the letters shown, in a set time. Again, if you need to vary the difficulty you could do it without the timer or turn the timer twice to give your child double the time.
Articulate is a funny, noisy, describing game and can be played by a wide variety of age groups. Whatever you choose bear in mind that you can always switch up the rules or play in teams, as long as you’re having fun that’s all that matters.
Family Time and dyslexic learner opportunities
Days out are a staple for many families during the school holidays. Where better to do a spot of learning then out of the house where your child will least expect it? Spotting and understanding signs, reading descriptions in guidebooks and even playing I-Spy in the car all create ideal moments to hone their cognitive skills.
Back home, why not pop the subtitles on when they’re watching their favourite TV programme. Alternatively, have a screen free evening and snuggle up on the sofa with a book or magazine. If there are any complaints about having to read the same old books, then it’s a great excuse to head to your local library the following day and pick up some new ones at no cost.
However you spend your Easter break, enjoy it and keep the learning fun. After all it’s a holiday for you too.
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