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Teach your child productive skills this holiday

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
16 July 2022   |   3:56 am
Another long holiday is here, away from intense academic work. Every child too will be moving up his or her educational ladder, hence the break is strategic enough to help children take the desired break, learn new skills, indulge, engage in other activities, while preparing for another academic session.

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Another long holiday is here, away from intense academic work. Every child too will be moving up his or her educational ladder, hence the break is strategic enough to help children take the desired break, learn new skills, indulge, engage in other activities, while preparing for another academic session.

While children are observing this mandatory long break, it is important to ensure that it is well spent and offers your child some benefits key to their overall growth and development.

As much as it is key to get to relax, have as much fun as they can get, all of these should be done with the intent of learning. It is the best time to have your child travel, as it is a practicable way of gaining knowledge.

However, in this digital age, where the future of opportunities is digital, there are key skills necessary for your child even from a tender age. Learning these skills will widen your child’s horizons and open his mind to the possibilities that exist outside the four walls of the classroom.

Your child should learn to code, as it is one of the most sought-after and lucrative skills anyone can learn in these times. If your child is one who has an interest in how computers and the web work, then enroll him in a coding centre this holiday.

Also, learning basic Microsoft Excel skills is a big deal to any smart child. If your child is fascinated about graphs and drawings, he will love this skill.

Learning a global foreign language like French, Chinese or Spanish is also an important skill to have. One compelling reason your child should pick up this language -Mandarin- it is spoken by more than a billion people on earth.

With over 2.3 billion users worldwide, Youtube has proved to be the second-most popular social media platform. Let your child with your supervision start his Youtube channel or you co-create one with him and start creating videos on topics they love.

Operating YouTube is pretty easy, with your supervision, your teenager can create their YouTube channel or you can co-create one with them and start creating videos on topics they love.

If your child is curious about how delicious meals are made or has some form of love for making food, culinary skills could be a great fit for them. Learning to make dishes professionally is a lucrative skill a child can learn during this holiday that would be of immense value for them. Your child doesn’t have to be a chef if they learn this skill, they may use it for personal use or other opportunities might open up in the future.

Another vital skill a young person can learn is Microsoft PowerPoint. This skill will help your child make presentations easily either in school or at work. Learning how to use PowerPoint now will prove to be very beneficial when he eventually gains admission into the university and beyond.

If you are a parent and you want your child to learn a skill that will be most useful for them in the nearest future, then Artificial Intelligence skill is top on this list for you. So make your findings and enroll your child in AI classes.

These are a few of the many skills your child can lay hands on this holiday depending on their interests. Help them harness and groom these skills this holiday.

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