Why Advancing During the Holidays is Important
It’s official! We’re approaching the thick of the holiday season – otherwise known as the most wonderful time of year for many adults and children alike. As millions nationwide buckle up for travel to visit family and friends near and far, there are a few things all parents should keep in mind when it comes to kids and learning during the holiday school break.
While all children should enjoy this festive time of year, a break from school doesn’t have to mean a break from learning. Continuing structured learning during the holiday break can contribute towards a successful school year.
This means keeping up with Kumon assignments during the holiday season. Here are a couple of reasons why this is so important to maintaining progress.
Daily practice goes a long way.
The key to success in Kumon is continuity of practice. During school breaks, children typically have less thinking to do and more unstructured time. Continuing Kumon study during the holiday break promotes educational development and an element of year-round stability in your child’s academic life. Many experienced parents will say sticking with Kumon year-round is the secret ingredient for substantial academic gains in the school year.
A steady routine helps keep kids on track.
Maintaining a steady routine with Kumon even during the holiday break will make returning to a normal schedule seamless. Consider how motivated and great we feel when we work out regularly. After taking a few weeks off from the gym, getting back into our routine often becomes difficult. The same thing happens with academic habits. Our motivation stays high when we do not fall out of our routine.
Significant schedule changes and different surroundings can make consistent practice a challenge for students. Falling out of the daily routine becomes easy, and trying to catch up later becomes difficult. When planning for schedule changes, and particularly when taking trips, it’s important also to plan when children will complete their school-assigned homework and Kumon assignments too.
What works for many families is for children to complete the Kumon worksheets first thing in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day gets into full swing. Sticking with the routine helps students continue their progress, and it makes the transition back to school after the new year a smooth process.