The holiday break is just around the corner for students everywhere, and for parents who give 100% to their students’ educational success, that means a break is around the corner for them, too. As December kicks off, take a close look at where your student is at in all of his or her courses, and then make a December plan. Here are some things to consider:

  • If you are really behind, take advantage of the fact that it is the beginning of December, and determine how many pockets of time you have to double up on some lessons. You have an opportunity right here, right now to lean in for a stress-free January. Choose a few days over the holiday break that you can group together some language arts, math or any other subjects where your student needs to get ahead of the game. Try to stick to your plan and see what you can conquer before December 31! Be sure to note all of your success and hard work as you ring in the new year. Do your best to get as much done so that you can completely unplug during the last few days of the break.
  • If you are just a little bit behind, December is a great time to get a handle on your schedule before the new year begins. Think about what you’d like January to look and feel like for you and your family. Identify pockets of time on your calendar before the holiday break, and do your best to be fully caught up so that when school is out for the winter recess, you can make the most of your break and come back strong for 2015.
  • If you are on schedule, give yourself a great big high-five! Consider finding a day or two in December to look at what’s in the line-up for January and devote a little bit of time to thinking about how you and your student are going to continue to reach your goals. Also, is there something you have been putting off doing that would make schooling at home a little bit easier? Maybe organizing materials, or adding some shelving or cubbies to your learning space? Over the break may be a great time to make a few enhancements to what you are already doing very well.

Regardless of where you are in your schedule, make a plan so that you can enjoy your holidays. It’s important to find time to relax and be ready for a strong 2015.

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