Keep Skills Sharp During Spring Break. Help your child stay at the top of his learning game  — no flashcards involved!

Spring break means a well-deserved reprieve from homework and daily obligations.  But before you know it, the break will be over and it will be back to the bus stop.  Don’t let school skills like reading, writing, and math slide completely during spring break.  Try these family-friendly activities to keep skills sharp:

  • Read for pleasure.  Whether your child is in the mood for the newest installment from their favorite series or a book about their favorite character, spring break provides the perfect opportunity to read for fun.
  • Cook up an easy lesson.  Invite your child into the kitchen to help you whip up a special dish — from cookies to pancakes to pizza.  All of those half-tablespoon and quarter-cup measurements are great practice with fractions.
  • Write notes.  Writing notes to friends and family help polish writing and spelling skills.  Write about your spring break adventures, write about what you’ve been learning in school, write about anything! 
  • Make the most of car rides.  Turn the drive to or from the grocery store or a museum into an opportunity to practice letters and numbers.  You can look for license plates from different states, try to find the alphabet on the license plates or count the number of red (or white or green) cars you see.
  • Maintain reasonable bedtimes.  With no school to get up for in the morning, it can be tempting to let kids become night owls.  A few days before school starts up again, ease back into the regular bedtime schedule so your child can return bright-eyed.
  • Ask for grocery list assistance.  Have your child help choose what to buy, decide how much you need, check your supplies to see what you’ve already got, write or draw pictures on the list, and sort coupons.
  • Have a family game night.  Chances are many of your family’s favorite board games and card games reinforce skills such as counting, reading, and drawing.  Gather the group to play games you usually don’t have time for on school nights.

Have a wonderful break!