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Five tips to keep your student engaged during winter break

This is a picture of two girls reading. Many people have heard of the “summer slide,” which is the months-long period during the summer when students are more likely to lose or forget the information they’ve learned during the school year.

But with students out of school for as long as two weeks over winter break, it’s equally important to make sure that you don’t overlook a potential “winter slide.”

Check out the list below for tips on how to keep your student’s skills sharp while they’re home for the holidays:

Write thank you notes to friends and family. Writing thank you notes not only reinforces the importance of expressing gratitude but it will also help keep your student’s writing and spelling skills fresh.

Complete your school’s reading and math logs. Reading at least 15 minutes a day has been proven to have far-reaching benefits and will help to prevent your student from losing many of the literacy skills they’ve learned during the past few months. This winter beak, encourage your child to keep their math and reading skills up by completing their school’s reading and math logs.

Explore the EmpowerED Family Portal. The EmpowerED Family Portal includes district-provided resources designed to help you support your child in their learning. Visit the website to access digital resources and texts that are available to students.

Schedule an appointment with the UCPS College Readiness Resource Center. If you have a middle or high school student, take a few moments this winter break to make an appointment with the College Readiness Resource Center at the Monroe Library. During your appointment, counselors will help you and your student learn how to maximize their schedule to be college ready, find a best-fit college, learn more about the college application process and more.

Encourage your high school student to learn more about academies and programs offered through the UCPS Career Readiness department. If your high school student is interested in in-demand career fields such as engineering or health sciences, or if you have a high school junior who would like to get paid to go to college next school year, encourage them to apply for the Pre-Apprenticeship Program or any one of the 20+ academy pathways offered through the UCPS Career Readiness department.

The EmpowerED Family Portal can be found at the following web address:

Additional information about the College Readiness Resource Center can be found at the following web address:

Posted: Dec. 21, 2018