Every break spent away from school, whether it’s three summer months or two winter weeks, children can suffer from slide, or when a child falls behind from their previous reading level. When children get out of a school routine of reading and learning daily, they can easily fall behind other classmates that are continuing to read over the break. 1 in 4 children who fall behind in reading by the end of third grade stays behind for the rest of their time in school. Therefore, it is vital to keep your child reading, learning, and staying active over the break. Here are some ways to avoid slide over the holidays:

Read to your child

Reading to your child is vital in keeping them on the right track over the break. 90% of your child’s brain is developed in his or her first five years. So, it is important to make every second count and spend as much time as you can furthering their development. Learning to recognize letters, communicate, and count are just a few fundamentals that every child should understand before entering kindergarten. Additionally, staying intact with these methods over the break will ensure that your child doesn’t skip a beat when returning to school.

Reduce screen time

Reducing screen time can be extra challenging over the holidays as your child may want to play a new game or on a new device. However, finding a balance between screen time and playing outside or reading a book is key to a successful school year.


Singing encourages a child to express their emotions and sharpens their ability to communicate while exercising lip and tongue movement. While often overlooked, singing with your child can be one of the easiest and most fun ways to continue learning daily. For example, children not only learn the alphabet by saying it but by singing it.


Counting is another essential and easy way to keep your child thinking. As your child gets older and advances in grade levels, counting is basic knowledge needed for every math class he or she will take. 73% of Texas students passed the Fourth Grade Math on the STAAR test last school year. Only 63% of Midland students passed. While counting may seem like a simple step, it can be an underlying factor in the future success of your child.

Go outside and play

The easiest thing you can do to help your child be the best and happiest student is to let them play. Put up the tablet or turn off the TV and take your child to the park. Letting your child play outside, especially with other children, helps them to learn communication skills along with many other fundamental behaviors.

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