Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas, and Christmas break, is really right around the corner. You can feel the holiday spirit in the air and you’re not the only one; your child’s excitement is probably off the charts. There are, however, a few more weeks of school before vacation, so how do you keep your young learner focused on learning amongst all the cheer? In this blog, we are going to offer some tips to help you help your child stay on track:
- Stick to your schedule. In our blogs, we often talk about the importance of structure and routine. During the time leading up to the holidays this is more important than ever, since the season is filled with all types of distractions that can deplete homework motivation. Be sure your child maintains his or her homework routine, and when it is homework time, always provide a quiet space for him or her to study. Healthy snacks will help bolster motivation and brain functioning as well.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep. We can’t stress enough how important a good night’s sleep is for focus and overall well-being. This time of the year it may be particularly difficult to make sure your child gets the necessary rest, especially if you are traveling or attending festivities. If this sounds familiar and you could use some helpful suggestions, visit Today’s Parent for “7 Simple Holiday Sleep Solutions.”
- Keep a calendar of deadlines. There is a lot to keep track of during this time, including school assignments. Teachers tend to give big projects right before the break as they are effective ways to culminate and assess learning before time off. Even though the assignments are often creative and fun, your child may need a little encouragement during this time to get things done and done well.
- Manage event attendance. During the holiday season, the festivities are non-stop. From tree lightings to shopping trips to parties, there’s barely time to slow down let alone focus on school work. As easy as it is to get wrapped up in all the hoopla, make sure that you’re not overloading your child, and yourself, with commitments. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much fun.
- Cherish the spirit. Christmastime is a beautiful time of peace, happiness, love, and the celebration of Christ. You absolutely should encourage your child to look forward to and enjoy all that the holiday has to offer. There is no rule that says that your child cannot enjoy the season and stay focused on school. If you stick to a schedule and continue to encourage hard work, it should all go merrily. You can also remind your child that Santa is always watching and he loves when students do well in school.
How do you keep your young learner focused during the weeks before Christmas? Let us know on our social media pages.