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Schools out: how to make sure your kids stay sharp this Christmas break

Teacher Kristi Kirkpatrick says while kids are getting relaxed and refreshed, it’s also important their minds are staying sharp. Teacher Kristi Kirkpatrick says while kids are getting relaxed and refreshed, it’s also important their minds are staying sharp.
BENTON, MO (KFVS) -

As your kids enjoy their Christmas break, they may not be thinking about school, but experts say they should.

School counselors and teachers say just because kids aren't in the classroom, doesn't mean they should stop learning. They provide tips to make sure your kids at home are ready to come back to school in January.

"I get to see my grandma,” One third-grader at Kelly Elementary said when asked about her favorite part of Christmas break.

There's certainly a lot to look forward to this holiday.

"My dad gets to come home for Christmas,” another child said.

From family time to gift giving, kids are ready for the break.

"Having Christmas dinner with my family,” one girl said.

"Opening presents,” another child said.

"They're so ready for break,” first-grade teacher Kristi Kirkpatrick said. 

Kirkpatrick says while kids are getting relaxed and refreshed, it's also important their minds are staying sharp.

"If their brain sleeps for three weeks of Christmas break, you lose probably 50 percent of what you spent the first five months teaching,” Kirkpatrick said.

She suggests doing fun, little things with your kids to help keep them thinking.

"Baking with your child. When they measure, that's math and that's science and they don't even know they're doing that,” Kirkpatrick said.

Counselors agree. Lots of learning plus lots of loving makes the perfect holiday recipe.

"Try to insert moments of face time with your kiddo, moments of memories,” elementary school counselor Tammy Carroll said.

Carroll encourages parents to use the time of togetherness to strengthen your relationship with your kids.

"Don't be afraid to turn off the machines for a few minutes. Get in your child's space. Have your child get into your space. Look your child in the face. Smile,” Carroll said.

"Spending time, quality time with your child is the most important thing you can do for them in life,” Kirkpatrick said.

And it turns out, kids couldn't agree more.

"Spending time with my family,” one third-grader said.

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