How to Stay Engaged Over a Break

 

Most schools take a break about this time. It is important that we find ways to keep our students' minds engaged while we are on break. And there are plenty of ways to do this without simply printing math problems off the computer and making your child bored to tears. Although something is certainly better than nothing!

Visit a Museum

There are countless museums in the Maryland area. Think about the activities and history your child is interested in, and take them on a trip to find out more about it. Plan questions in advance to give your trip purpose, and then go and see how many questions you can answer. 

Read a Book and Watch the Movie Version Together

Pairing a book and a movie can help turn an ordinary reading assignment for your student into something more exciting. Choose a book that has a recent movie version (see me list of favorites below) and read the book together. Talk about what you picture and how you imagine the movie would be. Then, watch the movie version and discuss how it meets your expectations. 

My favorites include:

Elementary School: 

The Lorax

Charlotte's Web

Diary of a Wimpy Kid  

Middle School: 

The Harry Potter Series

The Hunger Games Series

Ender's Game 

High School: 

To Kill a Mockingbird

Pride and Prejudice

Wuthering Heights

 

Visit a Park

Spring Break is the perfect weather to go outside and take a walk. It is not too hot, the sun isn't too strong, and you can usually find some rainless days. Leave technology behind to outside and observe nature or engage in imaginative play. 

Children who play outside are more likely to be active and healthy as adults, and studies show that children are more likely to have better concentration in school if they spend some time playing in the sun. 

This is also a great time to talk to your children about being green. Have conversations about how we treat our planet and how we hope to make it last. look with your child for some signs of pollution and think critically together about how we could change it. 

If you know a lot about trees, birds, plants, and other common animals found outside, help your child identify them. If you don't, look up facts about the park you are visiting before hand to give you specific things to find in advance. 

Check out these guides for more nature play ideas: 

http://naturalstart.org/feature-stories/parent’s-guide-nature-play

http://blog.nwf.org/2011/09/the-impossibly-busy-parents-guide-to-getting-kids-outdoors/

 

How will you engage your child's brains this break?