ORCHIDS – THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Dear Orchidian Parent,
We have come to the end of yet another academic session. We thank you for your support throughout the year. We have put together a list of activities that you can engage your children with during the summer vacation. We have listed below academic and fun activities that Orchids students can do during their vacation.
• Create a holiday planner along with your children. Organize the next two months with ideas from your children. What would they like to see? What would they like to learn? What would they love to become after these holidays? Help them chart out a calendar that will help them learn to plan, organize and above all reach their goals that they have set out for themselves.
• Create a budget for the above calendar and for the entire vacation. Teach them the value of
money and how hard it is to earn it and how easy it is to spend it. Give them a small pocket dairy to write down how much you have spent for them. For the older children you can give them a specific amount of money to spend responsibly. Let them track their expenses.
• Journaling: Motivate your children to maintain their own private journal. They can maintain a book or even do this online if they are older. They can create an email id for themselves and mail their experiences to their own account. They can write about their experiences in school, fun they had with their friends and also pen down their dreams of the future.
• Letter Writing: get your children to write letters to their grandparents, uncles and aunts. For
older children it can be emails instead of letters.
• Meet Grandparents and Relatives: Do make it a point to take your children to meet their grandparents, grand uncles and aunts. Your kids can create cute greeting cards and personalized gifts for all of them. You can ask your child to interview your parent and discover how they lived as children. You can shoot a video of this interview and share it with us. When you come back home, ask your child to send a thank you card either by post or by email.
• Have a NO TV day every week. Play board games, cards, chess and carom. Games like Scrabble, Monopoly, Brainvita , Dominoes are fun and educational simultaneously.
• Daily Reflections: Converse with your children every night. Ask them questions on how their day
was? What went right? What went wrong? What did they like most? What is it that they disliked and why? Help them jot all this in their journals. Make sure they understand that they there is a difference between planning and actual reality. Get them to understand how they can bridge that gap.
• Mindfulness and Exercise: Get your child to cycle in the mornings and stroll in the evenings. Go to open spaces- beaches, parks, forest reserves, mountain trails. Nature is the best companion! Meditate daily.
• Music is the flavour of life. Begin each day with some good music. Rummage through your old collections of songs. Share them with your children. Listen to what they are listening. Expose them to different genres of music.
• Click pictures. Plenty of them. Create digital albums and gift them to your children. When they
are older, it will be something they treasure.
• Read! Read! Read! We cannot emphasize how important reading is. Read aloud stories to the younger ones. Set a reading time for the older ones. Check our website to discover the wonderful books listed on it. The local book stores may have children’s books in the regional languages too. Do encourage your children to read every day.
• Please check out this interesting list that displays 50 books that every Indian parent needs to read out to their child http://www.thealternative.in/lifestyle/50-indian-books-every-parent-must-read-to-their-child/
• We have listed down a few books for your ready reference.
Good Books to Read during your Leisure
PN & N: Picture books, Hard books on shapes, colours, animals, numbers, fruits, vegetables, Peak-a-boo books, books with textures, My First Words books, Letter and Number books, short fairy tales and animal stories
K1 & K2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Fairy tales, Spot and Pepper series, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Pratham book series, Panchatantra stories, Aesop’s fables
Grade I: Bilingual books by Pratham : In Hindi and English: My Friend, Noisy Crows , Busy Ants, Why Why girl ,
Grade II: Bilingual books by Pratham : In Hindi and English: Naughty Dog, Clean Cat , Granny’s sari
Grade III: Bilingual books by Pratham : In Hindi and English: The Seventh sun , My Mother ,
Grade IV: Twenty Thousand Leagues under the sea by Jules Verne, The Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The Amar Chitra Katha series, Barefoot Hussain
Grade V: Dairy of a Wimpy kid series , The Enid Blyton series, The Amar Chitra Katha series,Moin and the Monster
Grade VI: Daddy Long legs by Jean Webster, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury , The Amar Chitra Katha series, Handmade India
Grade VII: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling , Tintin Series
Grade VIII: Time Machine : H.G Wells , The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum , Asterix series.
• In case you want your child to focus on academics, we have listed down a few sites that may interest you just to keep the connection on.
Writing: DoWriteCampaign.com — A global literary magazine started by a 15- year-old girl who goes to high school in Massachusetts BoomWriter.com — Kids compete to write subsequent chapters of storybooks. There is a free wing and paid wing of this site.
Math: ixl.com — A math skills review website that lets students answer 20 practice questions each day for free
Mathdrill.com – store house of worksheets for math practice.
Science: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/- science experiments
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/science.shtml- amazing experiments shared online https://sites.google.com/site/gameonlearning/sci-elementary-games – science based games
Music: MusicTheory.net — Fun music lessons
General: Gws.ala.org — Great Websites for Kids, curated by the American
Kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids — National Geographic for Kids
Toondoo.com — Create comic books online
Quizlet.com and Quia.com — Create quizzes to help study
FreeRice.comVocabulary practice for a good cause
Enjoy your time with your children while we prepare for ours. In the meanwhile, do let them know we will miss them every single day. We promise to be around!