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During the Holiday Break, Take Time Off to Relax and Enjoy Your Children

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Students who struggle in school need the holiday to rest, relax, and have some fun. When school is in session, they put forth more effort than other students. Additionally, they are spending time doing things they really do not like. Everyone deserves some time away from the stress of their normal work—you, from whatever your routine is, and your children, from their school work.

Imagine what it would be like if your boss asked you to practice filling out your time sheets while you are on vacation, because you normally have difficulty filling them out accurately! That is like asking your child to practice writing academic paragraphs while she is supposed to be having fun.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in learning at home. I have no problems with playing educational games with your children. But, the games should really be fun and not similar to typical schoolwork.

Please enjoy this holiday season with your children. Have some hot chocolate and cookies. Play outside. Go to the park. Paint some pictures. Watch some movies. Play some video games. School will start again, soon enough!

Happy holidays to you all.


#3 Johnny Harris 2012-01-03 03:30
Yes! I agree! Going to Floria for a week is a great way to relax and unwind! If schools were not so rushed to meet these awful deadlines for this test and that test, our kids would not be as stressed...I think kids should have alternative ways to be assessed anyway...but I will save that for another day!
#2 Connie McCarthy 2011-12-21 00:16
Livia, I wholeheartedly agree! Great advice for parents, students...and teachers, too!
#1 Bernice German 2011-12-20 22:52
I agree with Livia that helping our children unwind from stress is so important. In terms of math, some of our children have symptoms reminiscent of post traumatic stress. Say he or she didn't understand a critical foundational idea in math in 3rd grade. All those class periods talking about that idea led to stress. The 4th grade teacher may have "reviewed," but it would have been even quicker and in less depth than 3rd grade, plus at least 25% of the class would have "gotten it" in 3rd grade and been bored. So the child just gets more and more behind and it gets more emotional in each succeeding year - except for the child it's more and more failure and feeling badly.

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