How to Keep Kids Learning this Holiday Break

shutterstock_348578870Winter break is just a couple weeks away, and while it will be great for kids to have a break from the classroom, it doesn’t mean that they have to stop learning.

Here are some fun ideas to keep your kids learning over the holidays:

  1. Reading

It’s important to emphasize reading year-round, but winter break is a great time to rekindle a kid’s love of books. Whether you include a few new books in their pile of holiday gifts or simply encourage kids to stay on top of their reading assignments for school, reading is a great pastime for kids of all ages– especially when it’s too cold to spend much time outside!

  1. Arts appreciation

Kids learn plenty of skills through the arts, including confidence and problem solving, and the holidays are a great time to explore your kids’ interest in the arts. Many local libraries, museums, and arts organizations put on free or affordable events during the holidays, so scope out your local events calendar to find a family-friendly production or exhibition to attend together.

  1. Online learning opportunities

It’s no secret that kids love screen time, so parents can encourage kids to spend that time productively over the holidays. Educational websites and games are a great way to sneak some learning into a fun afternoon spent online, and you can take it one step further by enrolling them in an online technology course for kids. From coding to game design, there are options available for every kid’s interests.

  1. Bring science inside

After several days indoors, cabin fever can start to set in. Mix up your regular routine with one of these winter science experiments for kids! These hands-on projects are an exciting way to engage kids in STEM subjects with a winter twist. You could make fake snow, build a snow volcano, or try this Christmas tree engineering project!

  1. Reinforce recent lessons

What was the last thing your kid learned before school let out for break? Look at their recent homework and quizzes, and then use those topics as inspiration for at-home activity or real-world learning experience. For example, if your seventh grader recently completed an assignment practicing percentages, ask them to help you calculate the tip after a family meal at a restaurant. Activities like these will help to reinforce what they just learned at school, ensuring that they’re prepared when they get back into the classroom.

Any of these activities are sure to keep kids engaged and excited about learning over the holiday break. They’ll head back to class with some new knowledge to share, refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the school year.

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