Learning doesn't just take place on school days, as a three-day camp in Wodonga - a Border first - is demonstrating this week.
Sixty-eight children from years 1 to 7 have been taking part in sessions run by MSL Club Australia in conjunction with Albury Wodonga Dyslexia Support Group.
The not for profit group offers multisensory structured language education programs for children at risk of or identified with dyslexia or dyscalculia.
Held at St Augustine's Primary School, the camp combines literacy and numeracy with activities like cooking or drumming.
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MSL Club Australia director Kate Bertoncello said it assisted students who needed to learn differently.
"There's a lot of game-based learning because if it's interactive and it's fun, it's motivating for children to learn," she said.
"Multisensory - they're saying it, they're seeing it, they're writing it, they're moving, which helps with the learning."
Examples might include running to find the right word card on the floor or making use of a fly swat.
"You've got to hit the word on the board, kids love smacking words," Ms Bertoncello said with a laugh.
Fourteen educators from Melbourne and the North East are guiding the students, among them children's author, poet and musician Peter Klein (Captain Pete).
"We're using drumming to help with the phonics of the words," Mr Klein said.
"The drums just help to consolidate what they're doing."
Sarah Allen, of Albury Wodonga Dyslexia Support Group, said holding a camp in a regional centre had proved more accessible for many families.
"There's people here from Townsville, Leeton, Wagga, Wangaratta, Castlemaine," she said.
"I like that this club brings together students who get to think, 'OK, it's not just me, I'm not the only one', but it also brings together the parents, who are also often feeling quite isolated, like, 'What am I doing wrong?', 'How can I help my child?'."
Ms Bertoncello said the interest-based activities allowed the children to connect in more informal ways.
"That means the kids can just enjoy; it is school holidays," she said.
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