Winter break is a fun time for both children and parents. You can celebrate the holidays together and have some free time to catch up. But besides making winter break fun, you’re going to want to make it educational for your children too. You want them to keep up on their reading and writing skills. Here are some ideas to keep your child’s reading and writing skills sharp.
1. Have them write thank you cards
Chances are your child is going to get lots of gifts over the holidays, and a good way to teach them good manners and to keep their writing skills up is to have them write thank you cards to anyone who got them a gift. This is a good way for them to also express themselves through writing.
2. Read Holiday Books Aloud
Every night over winter break before your children go to bed, instead of reading them a story, have them read holiday stories to you. Go to the library together and have them pick out winter and holiday books so that it’s fun as well. When you let your children be a part of the process, they are going to be more excited about reading.
3. Winter Break Journal
Have your children keep a winter break journal, and give them a new topic to write about every day. Then have them read entries aloud that they want to share. This will teach them how to read and write and help them along with their public speaking skills.
4. Have them help with the holiday menu
Have your child read you the recipe that you’re going to be making for your holiday dinner. They can help you make the recipe as well, which will let them use their math skills in measuring things too. Have them spell certain words in the recipe as well. They will learn how to follow directions and to spell and read new words.
5. Get help with the grocery list
Ask your child to write down anything that they would want from the grocery store. Then, bring them shopping with you so that they can read the items off the list. Have them read items that you’ve put on the list as well, so that they will be able to learn how to spell and pronounce new words.
6. Have them write their own holiday story
A good way to get your child to write more and to let them use their imagination is to have them write their own holiday story. This will let them be creative and sharpen their skills.