Should my son keep practicing school skills over winter break?

The holidays should be a fun, relaxing time where the focus is on spending time together as a family. That said, there is no reason why your child can’t keep practicing school skills over the break -- the secret is to keep it fun! For example, your son can practice his writing skills by helping you address your holiday cards, make shopping lists, or writing thank you cards to relatives. A great way for him to practice reading and math skills is in the kitchen. You can ask him to read the recipe card or help measure out ingredients when doing your holiday cooking or baking. Playing board games together as a family is not only a great way to spend quality time together, it allows children to practice a wide variety of skills.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.