Christmas is a time for family, and is often a welcome break from the pressures of work and study. However, there is the question of whether or not school age pupils should continue to study over the Christmas holidays, or enjoy the brief time they have to relax.
The reality is that most students are likely to take a step backwards in their learning if they haven’t taken the opportunity to study at least a little over Christmas. This can be disappointing for both parents and kids, but it doesn’t necessarily mean being stuck at a desk with textbooks and pie charts all holiday.
Here are a few tips to help your children make the most of free study time over Christmas, while still being able to enjoy their break and the festive season.
There are many benefits to reading for both primary and secondary school students. For younger children, it helps to extend vocabulary and consolidate grammar. You can make it fun by discussing plot and characters, and creating alternative endings.
For older kids, it can also reduce stress and provide background knowledge on topics being studies as part of the curriculum, particularly when it’s encouraged as a pleasurable activity rather.
Baking is an excellent way of helping younger kids to practise mathematics. From learning how to measure portion sizes, to weighing out measurements and reading values, baking is a fun and interactive way to engage with more difficult subjects without the sense of studying at all. And you still have the added benefit of having gingerbread cookies in the house!
Fun, creative projects can help encourage imagination and creativity, as well as team building and communication skills. For example, if your child is struggling with their spelling or handwriting, why not try writing stories about a topic your child is interested in? For secondary school age pupils, arts and science projects are readily available to download or access via app to reinforce key principles across a broad range of subjects.
Trips out and about
Seek out places that are both fun and informative such as interactive museums, quirky art galleries and national parks, so days out as part of the Christmas break don’t feel like a school chore.
Online learning games
If the festive period is getting a little bit busy then why not allow your kids to play online learning games? They can be fun and informative and they’re especially beneficial if they support the national curriculum.