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Make your family’s next holiday a learning adventure!
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Schools are traditionally the place where reading, writing and ‘rithmetic are taught, but a family holiday can offer plenty of opportunities to turn learning into fun. Whether your kids are practising maths by counting shells on the beach or learning geography and social studies by experiencing different climates and cultures, they’ll be having a blast without realising they’re actually learning. 

Feeling guilty about pulling your kids out of school for a break? Follow our handy tips to make your holiday an adventure in education that even their teachers will applaud.

If your child is just learning to read, use your trip as a chance to learn new words using signs and travel brochures.

For kids who can already read, here is a great opportunity to get those creative writing and journalling skills happening. Bring along blank, lined notebooks and have fun filling them up! Your children could use them to write daily journals, describing their favourite parts of each day. Alternatively, they could use them to write stories about each place, for example – looking around them and deciding on characters based on the people they see, and use the holiday destination as the backdrop for their story.

The reason we learn maths in the classroom is so that we can apply it to our everyday life. So going on holiday is an ideal time to start putting those life skills to use! For young tots, it might be as simple as counting rocks, shells and leaves.

Older kids can build on their skills by helping you budget, determining the costs for the total trip, and then breaking it down into days, meals, attractions, and so forth. This is a fantastic way to teach them about sticking to a budget and monitoring it, and that bills don’t just disappear after the holiday is over!

Reading a book about history doesn’t have the same impact as watching it re-enacted in front of you. Australia has plenty of phenomenal attractions worthy of a trip in their own right. For example, your kids can learn about the convict era in a way that they’ll always remember if you take them to Port Arthur. Or they can experience the thrill of the gold rush era, and the significance of the Eureka Stockade if you take them on a trip to Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.

Every Aussie kid should learn about our country’s first inhabitants, and there are plenty of amazing opportunities to experience Aboriginal history and culture. For example, if you head Kakadu, you could view rock paintings and carvings that are thousands of years old, learn about the Dreamtime, and try your hand at a didgeridoo.

When we talk about Australia, it’s easy to think of it as a single place with a common culture and climate, but traverse the nation, and you experience contrasts. For example, there are the rainforests of the Daintree, the red deserts of Central Australia, and the cooler climates of the Snowy Mountains.

Along with these changes your kids will discover the differences in how people live – from the areas with houses on stilts in Brisbane, to the underground dwellings of Coober Pedy. They’ll see the laid-back attitudes of the people in the Golden Outback and compare it to the often frantic pace of the big cities, like Melbourne and Sydney

Australia is home to some of the world’s most fascinating animals, and as you travel from place to place, you discover just how many wonderful creatures live here. Different climates, terrains, and vegetation mean the animals living in Darwin would feel very out of place in Launceston! Use your holiday as a chance to look out for different birds, see which mammals prefer your holiday spot, and of course – check out all the different bugs!

Physical Education
The great thing about family holidays is they give everyone a chance to stay active. You’re out bushwalking, snorkelling, biking, skiing – there’s plenty to do to stay fit and have fun. Better still, your kids may learn a fun new sport to continue when they return home.

Looking for family-friendly accommodation?
TakeABreak has loads of options, all around Australia for families who want to get away without being crammed into a hotel room. From beach cabins to historic cottages, farm stays to railway cars – you’ll find them all with TakeABreak's holiday accommodation listings.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide , Yulara ( Uluru ), Alice Springs and Canberra , as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

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Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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