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 a Winter break journal recounting what is happening helps keep writing skills sharp, and also can become a nice piece of family history some day. The journal could also be a photo journal or a journal of holiday drawings, depending on the student's grade level. While writing thank you notes for holiday gifts, may seem unexciting, it is a good way to help children develop skills of attractive correspondence. Letter writing is a necessary life skill which we see, not just in social correspondence, but in cover letters and in personal notes following job interviews. Children may as well become skilled at this obligatory activity, sooner than later. Finally, family games or trivia contests help children develop social skills like taking turns, concentrating on the task at hand, and following directions. These are all life skills necessary in future life.