5 Tips To Keep Your Child’s Brain Active During Winter Break 

December 12, 2017

A few months into the school year…and now it’s time for a break? Winter break is around the corner, and for your child, an early opportunity for some “brain drain” (like the “summer slide”) can occur.

With holidays and fun on your child’s mind, how can you make learning a part of their winter break – without them knowing it? Here are five tips:

1. Put technology away and get writing: Detaching your child from technology can be a tough task, but replacing a phone or TV with a pen and paper – even for a short amount of time – is worthwhile. For young kids, they could write a letter to Santa. For older ones, a letter to a relative (and actually go to the post office to mail it!). Writing could also take the creative form, with a fun short story or poem.

2. Turn shopping trips into math moments: One of the traditional excursions for families over the winter break is to a mall or store, for pre-holiday gift buying or post-holiday gift returning. Turn these trips into opportunities for problem solving. “Take them shopping with you and let them help you comparison shop and buy a few gifts on a budget,” writes Imagine Learning.

3. Find local outings with educational opportunities: Forget the mall, try a museum. If you live near a big city, there are lots of museums to choose from – from history to science. “These visits will enrich your kid’s sense of the world, while still being an all-around fun time,” writes Noodle.com. If you’re not near a museum, you could find other educational visits, like to a park or town hall with a deep history to learn about.

4. Read, read, read: It’s always a good time to read! From holiday-related kids books, to curling up as a family for longer, chapter books, reading should be front and center with the extra time for your child to learn on their own. Writes School Scout, “Allowing children the ability to read the type of books that interest them most will cause them to spend more time reading, and lead to better academic performance.”

5. Cook up something fun: Here’s a learning opportunity you might not think about – recipes! Measuring the ingredients can be a great moment for math (fractions, and problem solving) and learning the history of the meal can be a good outlet also. You can even incorporate science – just see what happens when you combine different ingredients!

Before you know it, your child will be back in school and back to their usual routine. And when that happens, come by Explore Horizons for a free trial if you haven’t given it a shot yet!

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