While it is important for children to get rest during the holidays there are some simple ways to help them stay in the rhythm and focus of school during Christmas break.
Make Christmas Sugar Cookies, Learn About Math & Science
Have your kids help make Christmas sugar cookies. Following recipes is a great learning activity for children because it gets kids thinking about ratios, fractions and the science behind some of the foods we eat. When you’re done with the lesson and the cookies have cooled, you can decorate and eat them!
Write Letters, Address & Mail Packages, Learn About the USPS
Having your children write letters to Santa is a great time to practice writing skills. Younger children, can draw pictures if they’re not quite ready to write a complete letter and older children can write to friends or family instead if they prefer.
If you plan to send out Christmas cards or if you have presents that need to be mailed to relatives out of town, have your children practice addressing envelopes and packages. Explain how larger packages require more postage. Then you can take your children on a field trip to the post office and teach them about how the United States Postal Service works.
Give a Holiday Shopping Budget, Learn About Money & Organization
Teach your children budgeting and organizing skills by giving a holiday shopping allowance. Have them write out a list of who they want to buy for and then help them learn to stay within a given budget. Younger children, who aren’t ready for their own budget, can still help with the planning stage and picking out gifts.
Research the History of Holiday Traditions
Research holiday traditions with your children; how was the candy cane invented? Where did the idea of hanging stockings above the fireplace come from? This could turn into a great history lesson! After the research, children can be encouraged to write a story or give a short presentation to the family about what they learned.
Learn & Sing Christmas Carrols
Learning Christmas carols as a family can be a great bonding experience. If you are a musical family, children can practice instruments or singing. Memorization is a great for keep children’s brain in learning mode. Encourage creativity by having children rewrite popular Christmas songs.
This holiday season, try to view of every experience as an educational opportunity- and don’t forget to have fun!