While winter break gives students and teachers a well-deserved break from the classroom, it doesn’t mean children need to stop learning. To set your child up for success in the second semester, don’t let school skills like reading, writing and math slide during the winter break.
Here are 5 ways to incorporate learning into the holidays so your child goes back to school refreshed and ready to study:
- Read for fun. Winter break is the perfect time to put away the schoolbooks and read for fun. Reading develops vocabulary, critical-thinking skills, fluency and even empathy. Have your child read to you daily from a newspaper, magazine, or from their favorite book and let them see you reading. Take your child to the library. Central has two libraries, the Cleveland Public Library Sterling branch and the Woodland branch.
- Write thank-you notes. Writing thank-you notes to family or friends who gave gifts over the holidays teaches gratitude and help writing and spelling skills.
- Get cooking. Invite your child into the kitchen to help you make a special meal. Measuring cups are a great way to learn about fractions. You can even start at the beginning and have your child help with grocery shopping and writing the grocery list.
- Play together. Play is one of the main ways in which children learn. It helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing. In turn, this helps them develop the ability to concentrate. The Woodland Wonderland Stay and Play Room at the Woodland Branch of the Cleveland Public Library is the perfect place to get in some quality play time with your child. The Play Room brings together children and their parents for fun and learning. It is free and open Tuesdays (4 to 6 p.m.) and Wednesdays (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and now 3:30 to 5 p.m.).
- Create DIY projects. Encourage your child to do DIY projects which inspire creativity and problem-solving skills. Use materials you already have at home such as cardboard boxes, paper-towel rolls or toothpicks and Popsicle sticks.
You can find more tips for keeping children busy and learning over the holidays on these websites: