Mrs. Frederick's Additional Suggestions:
1. Listen to an audio book together in the car! You guys can discuss the story together, make predictions, connections, etc. Go on adventures in literature with your child! :)
2. On longer trips (or even shorter ones) have your child read a map to you! Give them a map (print or electronic) and let them describe the directions to you! This will help them develop their skills tremendously!
3. Celebrate your family traditions by researching your family history and creating a family tree together! This arts and crafts activity will help your child develop their research skills while teaching them valuable history lessons that appeal to them!
4. Watch fun films together, pop a bag of popcorn, and critique the film together. Learning to respond to various forms of media in appropriate ways is huge for our students. Talk about appropriate times to speak about the movie, and appropriate times to remain silent and listen. This is super fun especially if the movie goes along with a book you are reading together.
5. Check out the Public Library for Kids' and Family programs! Often they will have performances, reading times, crafts, etc. and it is FREE! :)
6. Look online for fun and easy science experiments and do them together (I am happy to send you links to resources)!
7. Put boundaries on electronics! Research shows that too much screen time is detrimental for children! Have them play outside with friends, and try doing some of these activities as a family! :)
I hope everyone has a safe and exciting Winter Break! I will see you all again in 2015!