For most families, fall and winter break are a much deserved reprieve from the back to school and end-of-summer frenzy. Shorter days and cooler temperatures all signal a slowing down of sorts as we approach the new year. However, these breaks don't have to be breaks in your child's mental stimulation. Check out our three tips for getting the most out of school breaks.
Mix the Medicine in with the Candy
We totally get it, kids will occupy themselves with screens for as long as you let them. App developers have realized this to the tune of millions of dollars in monthly revenue from mobile games. The education industry has gotten into the mix with games that are just as engaging, entertaining AND competitive as the ever popular Fortnite and PUBG.
The highly praised language learning app DuoLingo uses some of the same psychological rewards you'd find in traditional mobile games. Leaderboards, progress tracking and level-ups are all used in ways that stimulate your child in one of the more important emerging competencies, second language acquisition. Check it out in the App Store or Google Play.
Stimulate - Don't Hibernate
With daylight hours being shorter, its not unusual for children to spend more time indoors during holiday breaks. This presents a great opportunity to plan something that gets your child out of the house. A trip to an aquarium or museum for example kills two birds with one stone. Given their size, these large attractions will provide hours of physical and mental engagement. Play up the anticipation factor by scheduling something for you all to do a few weeks out. Circle the date, research attractions and talk about it with enthusiasm. The anticipation alone will have your child ready to absorb and interact with whats to come!
PRO TIP: Enroll in A Holiday Camp
Children Learning Adventure's Holiday camps, are structured to engage and enrich campers across a number of activities.
To help students develop into lifelong learners it is important for them to get ‘plugged in’ and stay engaged in their educational development throughout the whole year, both inside and outside of their school environment. Children’s Learning Adventure has created six programs, from infant care to after school to promote and help students of all ages grow and learn.
Campers at this year's Adventure Quest Winter Break Camp will design their own quest and even their own robot, in a hands-on learning environment, during this fun and innovative week of creation and design. There will be many opportunities to learn about elementary coding concepts, as well as, fundamental planning and design elements behind video game creation. Learn more here.
Empowered with these tips you're now equipped to make the most out of winter break and start the new year STRONG!