After a long semester filled with homework, tests, projects, and more, most students view winter break as a time to veg out and enjoy doing nothing. This year, instead of just sleeping in or spending hours scrolling through Instagram, help your child plan a productive winter break. These tips will help you balance work and play to have a winter break that’s both productive and fun.
1. Create a daily plan for homework
Find out what homework needs to get done before school starts again. While elementary students may only have a few worksheets or a daily reading log to complete, middle and high school students often have larger projects or papers due when school starts again. By evaluating what you have to do over break at the beginning you can break the work into a manageable daily plan; just 30-45 minutes per day of homework can prevent the last minute crunch of rushing to do it all on the last day.
2. Take a day off
While this may seem contradictory to the first tip, it is important to take at least one day to completely unwind and relax. Many students may want to do this the first day of break, after weeks of finishing final projects and studying for finals. A day off with nothing to do can be a relaxing way to “reset” before the rest of winter break.
3. Schedule family time
Even though there isn’t school during winter break, the few weeks of the holiday season are often busier than any other time of year. Make sure to schedule time to spend together as a family. Whether it’s taking a walk, sitting down to watch a movie, or making a special meal, spending time together during winter break can make memories that will last a lifetime.
Many volunteer organizations are in extra need of help during the busy holiday season. Spending a few hours volunteering is a great way to help the community while being productive - and bolstering your resume. Groups like United Way [http://www.unitedwayla.org/] can help connect volunteers with organizations that are looking for help.
5. Take on a project
With no school for several weeks and assignments looming on the horizon, winter break is the perfect time to take on a project that you’ve been meaning to do. Whether it’s cleaning out your closet, building a model, or reading a new novel, having no school provides opportunities for fun projects that get neglected during the school year.