Holiday break: That crazy time of year!

It’s that time of year again. Holiday time! A time when most schools give kids a winter break of at least one week. Although having family together for this festive time of year is great, is it the best thing academically for kids?

The findings are mixed. Year-round schools do have a positive relationship to learning, especially in reading and math. But the research on year-round schools is scant.

How about increasing instructional time, or making the school day longer? Again, there is a benefit for learning, but only when the extra time is focused on academic activities.

I’m sure, with busy holiday schedules, now is not the time to explore school schedules. But after the holiday, when you’re champing at the bit to get your kids back in school, why not explore Making time: What research says about re-organizing school schedules?

Give yourself the gift of finding out what your options are!

–Pamela Karwasinski

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