Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter break

Below is a list of suggested activities and games for your children during the winter holiday.

Ask and talk about the following questions with your child:
  • Where did you go?
  • What was your favorite place that you visited?
  • Who did you see?
  • Who was the person you were happiest to see? Why?
  • What was the weather like?
  • What kind of food did you eat?
  • What type of transportation did you use?
  • What type of nature did you see (plants, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals)?
  • What books did you read?
  • Which book did you like best? Why?
  • What was the best part of your... (day, week, or winter break)? 

You can ask some of these or similar questions every day, a few times a week, or once near the end of the break. If she/he would like, your child can record (draw and write) their answers to some questions in the small, red “Winter Break” notebook that has been sent home with your child.

Here are some other ideas for your child during the break:
  • Let your child engage in free, unstructured play
  • Make a puzzle with paper or cardboard. Draw and color a picture, draw the puzzle lines over your picture, cut it up, then piece it together
  • Play hide and seek with different objects in the house
  • Think of different words that start with letters A-M. Look for objects that start with a certain sound/letter.
  • Go on nature walks. Look at and discuss any new or different nature your child notices. She/he can draw it later in her/his notebook. On these walks you can also count how many birds, butterflies, trees, etc. that you see.
  • Have your son or daughter help with cooking, set the table, and other tasks to help the family.
  • Participate in a whole family Mystery Animal game:
  • Read with your child
  • Open up your closet for some dress up and make-believe time
  • Offer options for unstructured creative projects that will also enhance fine motor skills such as cutting and gluing old magazines or newspapers, playing with playdough (here is one homemade play-doh recipe), or playing with magnets and paper clip

·      If you have or need quiet time during travels or in the day, I can recommend the following educational films/videos:
  •      Daniel Tiger (found on youtube)
  •      Youtube book series #makethefuture
  •        Breathe, Think, Do Sesame (a free App that you can download)
  •        Nat Geo Kids animals series (found on youtbue)
  •       Jolly phonics letter songs (found on youtube)

Most of all, have a safe and wonderful break. Enjoy the time with your child and family!

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