When faced with an extended period of time off school, it’s exciting to be free from schedules and homework. Fear strikes when you realize no school means no routines and nothing for the kids to do all day. But have no fear! There are ways to make your time off fun, maybe even fruitful. You could even get a bit of mom time in!
Where are the pencils? Why is it that whenever I want a pencil, I can’t find one? This is one of my pet peeves. I want to write a note, draw with a kid or mark on my calendar (yes, I still use a paper calendar). But never can find a pencil when I want one. And it’s my own house!
This year at Halloween my 4 year old grandsons were obsessed with Frankenstein, so when it was grandma time, it was Frankenstein drawing time. This is a really big deal. Drawing him repeatedly, helped them internalize the image, making it part of their permanent visual vocabulary.
Cooking with our kids is a great way to spend time together, while involved in purposeful activity. But there’s much more that happens when we invite our kids to engage in the kitchen.
It’s conference time at many of our schools and I want to encourage you to think of them in a new way, especially if you have a visual learner or child with ADD or ADHD. Some teachers adapt their methods for nontraditional learners, but not all can or do. Conference time can be a great time to work together to find ways for your child to thrive.
As the weather cools off and the daylight starts to disappear, the kids are going to be spending more time indoors. That usually means more screen time. Tablets and phones can be utilized as valuable teaching tools for children, and their mobility means they can go anywhere a child does. Amidst some of the the silly, useless apps out there are some that can make the difference in your child’s learning and vocabulary development. Here are our top iPad app picks for elementary school learning by grade: