3 Ways to Keep Your Child’s Brain Sharp During Spring Break

It might be winter right now, but spring break will be starting soon for children all around the United States. You might have a sunny family beach vacation planned, or you might be staying home. Either way, your children are likely to relish having a week off of school. However, it will all the more difficult for them to go back to school if their minds have completely taken the week off. Here are some fun ways to help keep your child’s brain sharp during spring break.

1. Work on a project together

A great way to keep your child’s brain active is to collaborate with them on a project that puts both your minds to work. This doesn’t need to be like a school project or involve doing things like taking notes from a book. For instance, you could purchase a challenging jigsaw puzzle (say, a thousand piece one), and work on it together. That would keep your brains sharp as you work together to solve it over the vacation week. You could also buy a kit for something like a model rocket and work together to assemble it. Seeing the result of their hard work will help your child to feel more enthused about taking on tough assignments at school.

2. Read and discuss something

We all know how important reading is, and it can be a great bonding experience with your children. Choose a story that’s appropriate for your child’s age level and read it with them. As you read it, discuss what’s going on. Ask your child what they think is going to happen next or what they think of certain characters or plot points. If there is a particularly emotional moment, ask your child how it makes them feel. By discussing these sorts of things in reading, your child will be able to develop a mindset for critical thinking and analysis.

3. Review what they learned in school recently

Your child might feel eager to put all their classroom learning on hold for a week, but it will be important for them to return to school fresh and not needing to catch up. During spring break, ask them to tell you some of the things they learned in school in the last week or so. Be sure to ask as casually as possible. Don’t make your child feel like they’ve been put on the spot and are being evaluated. Your child is likely to be excited about the opportunity to share their knowledge with you. Pay attention to what areas they seem the most excited about and which ones they seem less excited about. Try to encourage them to apply their enthusiasm to those subjects as well.

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