Every kid is excited for their winter break. Many are even counting down from the first day of school until their winter break begins and they have free time again. But don’t let their newly acquired academic skills go to waste. Here are ten things you can do with your elementary and middle school kids.
1. Go to a museum
The best way to get your children excited about learning is to bring them to a museum where they can learn more about their interests. For example, if their interested in art, find an art museum where there are interactive activities for them to do. If they are interest in sea creatures, bring them to an aquarium. They will be excited to learn more about topics that they are interested in and excited that you’re trying to do something specifically geared towards them.
2. Play a game
There are a lot of educational games out there today that are also fun. Plan a family game night each week during the winter break, and if you have the time, keep it going through the year. Play games such as Scrabble, where they can learn new words, or games like Trivial Pursuit, where they can learn new facts.
3. Read a book, then watch the movie
Both you and your child should read different books that have movies made about them. Then have your child explain the book with you before you watch the movie, and then tell you the differences after you watch the movie. Do the same thing and explain the book that you read to your child and tell them the differences between the book and the movie, after you watch the movie. This will help your child with public speaking, finding the differences between things, and listening, and also give you two time to bond.
Go someplace as a family so your child can learn about different places and things.
5. Keep a winter break diary
Have your child keep a winter break diary where they write down all the things that they did during their winter break. This will help them keep up with their writing skills.
6. Do a weekly crossword puzzle
Make it a challenge for your kids to do the weekly crossword puzzle in the newspaper. Give out a prize each week for the one who gets the most correct. This will have them learning new words.
7. Have them keep track of their own money
If your child gets any money for Christmas, have them budget themselves and keep track of how much they are spending and how much they have saved. This will let them practice their math skills.
8. Have them calculate sale prices in the stores
After the holidays, stores are known to have many sales. Take advantage of this fact by having your child calculate how much 20% of the item that they want is. This will let them practice their math while shopping.
9. Bring them out to dinner and have them add up the bill
Bring your kids out to dinner and have them keep a menu and after everybody orders, add up the food. The one who gets closest to the final tally gets an extra treat.
10. Keep a snow record
Have your child keep a record of the date and time of when it snows, and how much snow you get. This will help them with making scientific observations.
All of these things will keep your children’s minds sharp over the winter break. When they go back to school, they will be at the head of their class.