The holidays mean a well-deserved break from homework and daily tasks but before we know it, the holidays will be over and it will be back to the bus stop. To prepare for a smooth re-entry and a successful second semester, don’t let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during winter vacation. We’ve come up with a few family-friendly activities to keep those skills sharp.
Read for Fun
Whether your child is in the mood for holiday stories or the newest book from their favorite series, winter break provides the perfect opportunity to stash schoolbooks and read for fun. Visit the local library or encourage relatives to give books as Christmas gifts.
Cook up an Easy Lesson
Invite your child into the kitchen to help you whip up a special dish – whether it’s Christmas cookies or the family dinner. Measuring, halving or doubling recipes, and distributing the resulting product among family members can help students who are learning fractions and ratios better understand the concepts while satisfying their sweet tooth.
Make the Most of Car Rides
Turn your drive into an opportunity to practice letters and numbers. You can look for license plates from different states or count the number of colored cars you see.
Maintain Reasonable Bedtimes
With no school to get up for in the morning, it can be tempting to let kids become night owls. A few days before school starts up again, ease back into the regular bedtime schedule so your child can start the year bright-eyed.
Let Kids Help with Online Shopping
Need a last-minute gift for Grandma? Log onto your favorite shopping sites and let your child help you select presents. This helps children work on their computer skills.
Family Game Night
Chances are many of your family’s favorite board games reinforce skills such as counting, reading, and drawing. Gather the family to play games you usually don’t have time for on school nights.
As with most things in life, it’s all about finding a healthy balance between keeping your child learning and letting him or her recharge. Take rest, relaxation and academic engagement in equal parts to make the most out of your vacation this holiday season.