5 ways to turn an overseas holiday into a multi-disciplinary educational experience


You might think that taking a trip out of Singapore means that your child stops learning, but nothing could be further from the truth. An overseas holiday is no excuse for your child’s education to stop. With a little bit of tweaking, you can make your holiday a learning experience for your child, and take some of that vacation-planning burden off your shoulders. Here’s what you can ask them to do that will kill two birds with one stone (you’ll still need to double check what they’ve done, though!).

1. Ask them how much foreign currency needs to be exchanged

If your child has never been to a money changer before, now’s the perfect opportunity to take them there. Ask your child how much money the whole family will require for the holiday.

This is a perfect example of a Mathematics problem that requires several steps. First, your child will need to determine how much money needs to be changed. To know that, he or she will have to calculate likely meal and activity costs, as well as any potential shopping expenditures. They would probably think of all this spending in terms of Singapore dollars (SGD).

Next, they would have to understand the concept of exchange rates, and convert SGD into whichever currency you intend to use in the destination country. This helps to reinforce the topic of money in Mathematics, and also illustrates real-world issues that we adults face regularly.

And if anything goes wrong, there’s always a credit card to fall back on.

2. Ask them to set the itinerary for two days

This might seem like a simple task, but it also requires multiple steps. First, a child must understand how many hours there are in a day, and how many hours will be spent on travel activities, eating, sleeping, travelling and so on. This again tests their Mathematics skills and, more specifically, the topic of time.

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