Keep Your Student Focused During Winter Break

Lori Hinton, Valley High School Social Studies Teacher
One of my favorite ways to help my children stay engaged in learning during breaks was to ask them to do some baking for me.  I always asked them to double the recipe.  This was a great way for them to practice cooperation with each other and work on math skills. An added plus, we had enough goodies to share with friends and family.  If baking happened after the holiday, their baking became New Year’s baked goods.

We always did family puzzles during the holiday break.  It was fun to bring out the new puzzle for the season and set up the two card tables, one table for the puzzle and one for the pieces.  This is a great way to support problem solving, critical thinking, fun family time and sometimes multi-generations working together and cooperating.  It was always fun to see the finished project.

Tammy Dann, Crestview Elementary Spanish Teacher
Children in WDM elementary schools have Spanish class for 30 minutes, two times a week.  Try practicing or learning Spanish with your child over break.

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Anna Brown, Phenix Tiger Cubs Preschool Teacher
For our youngest learners, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website for families is a great resource for keeping learning fun and meaningful for kids!  Check out families.naeyc.org for articles about keeping kids learning throughout the holidays and some interesting insight on screen time.