When students go on a break that does not automatically mean that learning should stop, and indeed there are methods that families can employ to keep young minds active and allow them to keep learning even outside of the classroom. Breaks give youngsters the chance to sharpen the skills that they have so far been taught, but even holiday activities include a number of teachable moments. It is crucial that learning be fun, especially during time off.

It is easy for young students to brush up on science, math and reading skills while having fun over the holidays. Children should be encouraged to read for about half an hour every day of their holiday, or parents can read to younger children themselves. Set aside some time for reading for the whole family.

When it comes to math, working with decimals, fractions and percentages is easy – if possible, have kids work out how much sugar or flour was used in the baking of cookies.