Make sure to take holiday brain breaks with your child/students over the holidays. Incorporate time for fun activities and holiday themed worksheets into their normal learning. You can easily replace their normal multiplication worksheets with some turkey
times table or a thanksgiving themed word scramble for spelling word practice. For the younger children, practice fine motor skills with...
Every day, take a bit of time to read or study. Maybe 30 to 60 minutes. Read something that interests you, or better yet, read something you are totally unfamiliar with -- to expand your mind and expand your interests. An interesting person is interested
in things and interested in other people. Stretch yourself to become interested in others outside of yourself. Start...
For practice over the winter holidays, try the following resources:
Create your own vocabulary lists with pictures.
You Can't Write English Under Pressure
A stressful game to check your knowledge of spelling and word order.
Voice of America, "Stories about People"
Hundreds of MP3 files and transcripts about...
Research shows that students can lose two or more months of grade level skills over the summer months! This is a scary fact for any student, but especially if your child struggled to gain that knowledge in the first place. Below are several activities
your child can do over any school break to help keep them sharp:
1. Read for 30 or more minutes...
Here are some easy things you can do to keep your brain sharp and material fresh while you are on winter break...or having a snow day!
Review your notes, quizzes, tests. Look the the diagrams. Be able to explain the diagrams to your mom, sister, or friend.
Check out videos on youtube about a topic you're having trouble with. Can picture how DNA is replicated...
One of my favorite ways of keeping my brain in shape over winter break (or summer break for that matter) is to make a conscious effort to play games which help keep my brain running instead of idling. For example: I LOVE playing candy crush. Pretty
colors, easy to understand, and fast paced--the game is just plain old addicting. However, I like to...
#1 Get appropriate amount of rest.
That is what breaks are for. Doing something you love for a while will bring your stress levels down and make you more motivated for work after the break is over.
#2 Go over any difficult material that might show up again.
I know it is hard, especially if your study material have fried your brains even before the winter break...
So it's winter break, time for fun in the sun...no, wait, that's summer break. Winter break is all about cold, snow and being stuck at home (when it's not Christmas). The TV is your friend and gaming can wile away the hours. But what about all that hard
earned brain power you've been cultivating all year???
Well, there's good and bad there. Gaming, it's a social thing a lot of...
As we all know Winter Break is a time for students and parents alike to take their minds off of school and get into the season of giving. This is an awesome way to recharge your batteries and get back the energy you'll need to excel through the rest of
the year! What we find though is that between all of the presents, the good food, and the happy atmosphere it's easy to lose a little bit of...
Winter break is here and that means No School! I know how excited every student is (teachers too) to take a break from academics and instead spend time with friends and family. Who doesn't look forward too sleeping in, relaxing, and sipping hot cocoa
while watching the snow fall? I know I do! I also know though, that its important to keep your brain active over the break...
Reading is an easy and fun way to keep skills honed, and you don't have to read "War and Peace" to do it. Just go to your local public library and pick up a few books on subjects you like and then READ. Reading can teach you spelling, grammar, vocabulary,
writing techniques, and so much more as well as keep you entertained. If you also read a title that interests you anyway, then...
The Winter break is a great time to sharpen math and reading skills by making family holiday foods from recipes, along with sharing family history when discussing recipes. Collaboratively, reading cherished family holiday books and/or watching films of
those books and discussing how the book and film are different is a good way to sharpen comparing and contrasting skills. Creating...
It is easy to put the books in the corner and forget about them once the semester is over, but why waste an entire semester of knowledge by not putting a little time in here and there?
It is definitely important to take breaks and give your mind a rest, but you can still be reinforcing the information you have already learned just by simply going over certain topics for 15 to 20...
Hot chocolate...sleeping in...movies, movies, movies...
If you want to keep your mind sharp in the midst of all the holiday bliss and activities, consider the following:
Journal for a few minutes: How are your holidays going?
Play some word games and puzzles (not just videos games)
Read a book (or try poetry)
As a student myself, winter break is a time for relaxation, and unfortunately, to let many of the skills learned through a semester of college to slip away far more quickly than they were learned. I understand personally how easy it is to let one's brain
grow dull over the winter break that we all look so forward to. So what are some ways to keep your brain sharp? And more importantly, what...
Breaks from school are usually much needed and enjoyed. We get to spend time with friends and family, take that vacation that we've been planning for the past 6 months or just simply get to relax. While winter break is fun, we don't want to come back to
school thinking "Huh? What is all this again?" Here are a few great ways to remain refreshed while over winter break.
The holidays are an exciting time of year!
However, when the calendar turns, we're all expected to be ready to procede with classes, schoolwork, and early mornings!
If there are any academic areas that you KNOW you need assistance with, be sure to create an action plan during the winter break that you will benefit from and put to use when our calendars read the month...
To keep your brain sharp over winter break, the best thing you can do is read. Read widely! If you typically only read mysteries, branch out. Read expository, comics, and newspapers. By doing this, you will stretch your mind, be exposed to new vocabulary,
and comprehend new material.
In addition, keep your math skills sharp. Teach someone else what you just learned...
Try brain teasers like Soduko, crossword puzzles, Scrabble or Words with Friends, chess, etc
Nothing helps an idle mind like a good game of Scrabble. By simply playing these types of games, one can stretch their mental muscles. In the process of playing the game, the learner will not only have fun but also get practice focusing or concentrating,
something that is highly important...
It is inevitable to forget some of your coursework during Winter break, but you don't want to forget everything! Here are my top three tips to be prepared for your Spring semester courses.
1) Drop the remote and back away from the TV! Though sometimes all you want to do is veg-out, make sure to spend some time away from the TV, internet, and video games. Spend time outside and get...