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How Students Stay Sharp During Spring Break

Mar 02, 2016 06:47PM ● By Steph Rodriguez
For many students, spring break is a fun opportunity to visit friends, socialize, and sleep in. But for parents, school breaks may cause concerns about how children are spending their days.

“Breaks from school can be very disruptive to a family’s schedule as well as to a child’s learning momentum,” says Nick Young, Owner/Director at GradePower Learning Mansfield. “The disruption to the normal routine can cause children to get off track academically.”

According to Nick, free time is the time when good habits begin to slip.

Maintaining good habits is especially important now as the end of the school year is in sight. It’s important that families seek spring break activities that keep student’s minds challenged.

Most students have projects, essays, assignments, and readings that can be worked on over the break. Project due dates may be far off still, but spring break is a perfect time to get a head start.

Even without assigned homework, parents should encourage children to dedicate at least one hour per day for schoolwork, to review school notes, read, or organize a binder or pencil case.

“While it can be challenging to balance spring break activities and keep your child on track academically, it is worth the effort,” says Young.

With some pre-break planning, children can avoid the momentum loss that is often observed after time away from school.

“Before children have the chance to plan a vacation filled with video games and sleeping in, families should outline a spring break schedule,” says Young. “Even the simple act of having a plan in place can keep kids on track academically.”

Five Tips to Keep Kids Learning On School Breaks 

Whether by playing board games or by reading books, maintaining an active mind is the best way for students to stay focused while on school breaks. GradePower Learning offers these tips to help students stay sharp when school is out:

  1. Keep busy. School breaks can cause a drop in momentum, so it’s important that students keep working during school breaks. There is always schoolwork or review that students can work on, even if they don’t have assigned homework.
  2. Read a book together. Parents can help young children develop better reading comprehension skills by reading and discussing books together.
  3. Play board games. Board games can help children learn to be organized, to plan, to be persistent, and to improve memory. Games that use money can teach essential mathematical skills like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and even concepts like estimation.
  4. Set a work schedule. Children are used to following a routine during the school day, so sticking to a routine during vacation time is natural and keeps kids on track.
  5. Hit the Books. Get ahead! Upcoming projects, essays, assignments, and readings can be easily chipped away at during the break.
About GradePower Learning

Since being established in 1984, GradePower Learning has grown to include more than 100 learning centres across Canada and the United States. GradePower Learning goes beyond tutoring to help students reach their learning potential, not just for one grade or one year but for a lifetime. The unique programs teach children to learn how to learn.  Just one to two hours a week can make a world of difference in developing the right skills and habits to succeed, no matter what the subject or the grade level, and breaking the cycle of hiring tutors year-after-year. 

For more information, please contact Nick Young, at GradePower Learning - Mansfield, TX, at 817-458-4822 or

For more information about Spring Break Learning or any of GradePower Learning’s Spring Break Programs, contact Nick Young at GradePower Learning Mansfield at (817)458-4822 or

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