Everyone looks forward to winter break. However, no matter how badly the kids and parents are ready for it, it seems as though we are just as ready to head back to school. Sometimes this time can be booked with fun filled activities that makes time fly by while other times, it seems like the break drags on and on. Well, here are a couple of thoughts for you to consider over your break.
Typically, there is a lot of snow to help our kids stay occupied outside. Well, that is not the case this year. It is as spring like as can be. This type of weather will make it easier for the kids to find something to do outside. They can ride their bikes, play at the park, go for a walk, and play with a friend to name a few.
But, what do they do when they are tired of doing these things? We should continue to encourage our kids to pick up a book and read daily. Continuing this daily reading will make the transition easier when returning to school and resuming the daily homework practice. Besides that, everyone could use a little daily quiet time. What else can we do? Each child in the elementary has an IXL account that they can log into from home. Let them practice their math and reading skills. In addition to IXL, many teachers have links on their classroom homepage to other sites that kids can access to practice reading and math.
Don't forget to sit down and enjoy a good movie or two with your children! Watching a movie and seeing the delight in your child's eyes and listening to their laugh can be so enjoyable. These can also provide great opportunities to talk about lessons learned throughout the movie.
Finally, remember to enjoy your time together and of course cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes! And, if your children give you any grief about doing any reading or math practice, just say, "Mrs. Jacque said so!"
Have a great holiday!