How to help kids structure breaks while learning

Taking breaks throughout the day is key to keeping kids engaged and excited about learning. While at-home learning may have blurred the line between work and play, it’s still important for children to spend designated time not doing school work. 

Like many things, learning to take rejuvenating breaks requires practice! Figuring out when, where, and what to do with your children during breaks can be a challenge, especially if you’re trying to get work done too. We’ve come up with some helpful tips to make the most of kids’ breaks:

Schedule breaks ahead of time

Make sure you don’t miss taking a break by planning them into your schedule for the day. This will also give your kids something to look forward to! It’s easy to get swept up in school work and forget to take a break, especially if your child is behind on an assignment. Putting breaks on the calendar at the start of the day will make sure that doesn’t happen. 

And while kids have time at recess to expel some energy and play with their friends, that time may get skipped during at-home learning. Scheduling breaks in advance will encourage kids to focus during school time because they know they have a fun break coming up!

Get movin’!

If possible, make sure your child’s breaks are physically active. Sitting still all day can be tough for a lot of kids, especially if they’re on their own or learning on a computer. Ensuring that your child stands up and moves around every few hours will help beat screen fatigue and boost brain function.

Not sure what to do to get your kids up and moving? Try turning on their favorite song and having a dance party! Or play a game of “red light green light” or “Simon says.” Check out this post for more fun ideas. 

Keep breaks short and sweet

If breaks become too long and passive, they’ll start to feel like regular non-school time. Taking shorter, more frequent breaks will prevent fatigue while still keeping kids in learning mode. Avoid watching movies or laying down for extended periods during breaks—remember, breaks should be quick and active to be most effective!

Remind your child to take a break every few hours, and you’ll both be better off for it!