Winter break for many kids means they don’t have to do any school work, or think about school. They get a break from learning. But these breaks in learning can often lead to set backs and make it harder on the teachers when the kids come back because they will have to go over and review everything they were teaching the children before the break. To make it easier on your child as well as the teacher you should keep your child’s learning going during the break. Review with your child what they already know and work on areas they are weak. Here are some tips on how to keep your child’s reading and spelling skills sharp over winter break.
Have your child help write Christmas cards.
Let your child write their own name in the Holiday cards. If they know how to spell younger sibling’s names that do not know how to write yet, let them write those sibling’s names as well on the cards. If your child knows your first name and your spouse’s first name, let them write all the names. If you simply sign your cards with your last name, example: The Jones Family, let your child write that on all the cards.
Let your child write the Addresses.
Let your child write either all the return addresses on the cards and letters you write and send out this holiday season, or give them your address book and let them write the address of each recipient.
Have your child write a wish list.
Whether you have them write a Christmas list for Santa, or a list for their grandparents or just for you, let them practice their writing skills by making a list or two.
Have your child read the cards.
Let your child read the cards as they come in the mail. Help them with the words they do not know. Encourage them to sound out the words as they would do in school.
Read the names on the gifts.
Let your child help hand out the gifts by reading the name tags on each gift. This will not only help them with their reading skills but also make them feel important and special to be able to be the one handing out gifts or helping hand out the gifts. Hopefully with these five simple ideas you can keep your child’s reading, spelling and writing skills sharp over the school’s winter vacation.