Surviving Winter 'Brain Freeze'

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Winter break is almost here, and we’re sure that kids are rejoicing to have a break from the classroom routine. To help you get through the two weeks of winter break, we’ve compiled 10 ways to keep children engaged in learning.

  1. Routine
    During the winter break, it’s essential to maintain your child’s regular routines and schedules for going to bed and waking up. This way, your child is ready to return to school relaxed and refreshed.
     
  2. Writing 
    Writing a note of gratitude shows your child’s appreciation for the gifts they receive. It’s also an excellent opportunity for children to practice their penmanship, spelling, and grammar skills.
     
  3. Reading 
    An adventure awaits within the pages of a book. Keep your child engaged in reading by exploring different topics and selecting books that interest them. Library cards are free, and you can borrow books, DVDs, and audiobooks. Reading not only expands your child’s vocabulary, but it keeps their cognitive abilities sharp. 
     
  4. Math
    Reinforce math skills, such as fractions, unit conversions, estimating, measuring, planning, and problem-solving by having your child help make meals and desserts during the winter break. If you’re doubling a recipe, ask your child to help by changing the quantities of ingredients and working out cooking times based on the weight. 
     
  5. Science
    Learning about science can be as easy as going to your backyard. During the day, you can identify insects, birds, animals, and plants that inhabit your backyard. At night, you can stargaze and map out constellations. Have your children check weather conditions if you happen to take a trip north for a snow day.
     
  6. Art
    Visit art museums, in-person or virtually, for inspiration for an art project, whether creating a painting, drawing, ceramics, or photography. Encourage your child to experiment with different art mediums and to learn about artists and techniques.
     
  7. Music
    If your child plays an instrument, encourage them to perform a concert for the family. If extended family members aren’t visiting during the holidays, schedule a time and day for a virtual performance. Encourage your child to practice their instrument each day.
     
  8. Physical Activity 
    Exercise reduces stress. During the holidays, find activities you can do as a family, such as walking, hiking, or bike riding. Not ready to sign up for an Ironman challenge? PVSchools 12th Annual Community 5K Run may be more your speed. Find out all of the details for the event.
     
  9. Brain Busters
    Encourage your family to play a board game or work on a jigsaw puzzle instead of watching TV. Board games and puzzles have many benefits, such as problem-solving skills, memory, sharpened focus, and teamwork.
     
  10. Relax and Destress
    The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Most importantly, you should make time each day to relax, destress, and practice self-care. Enjoy the outdoors, listen to soothing music, get more sleep, and breathe deeply.