In the early grades, January is traditionally a time when schoolwork accelerates.

Young students have been steadily building on skills since the start of the school year. They have also been learning the various routines of their new grade.

Usually academics become more intense and fast-forward starting in January. This week, between the holidays, seems like a great time for children to get physically and mentally ready for that January challenge; at the same time, children also need this vacation time to rest and recharge before going back to meet the increased pace. 

So how does a parent balance “down-time” for their children with keeping their skills sharp?

Here are three enjoyable activities parents can do this week for fun, relaxation—and skill reinforcement:

Simple, restful activities like these can help young children be ready for all the academic challenges they will face in the New Year. 

Happy New Year, everyone!