The holidays are upon us--can you believe it’s already November? Just as you’re finally getting into a groove with analyzing data, observations, student discipline and parent engagement, the extended breaks begin. While it gives us much time to rejuvenate, it’s time students are away from learning. Never fear! There are many ways to keep staff and students engaged while they are away from the school building. Helping families keep students engaged over breaks can be tricky, but with some planning, you can make these breaks at home an extension of the great work you are doing at school.
One helpful hint to keep students engaged over breaks is to send home a holiday newsletter with information about content that each grade is learning and ask families to explore those together. This could be through a virtual project, a news article or a presentation to family members after turkey dinner--the possibilities are endless! If there are enrichment opportunities available near you, send that information home in the same holiday newsletter. It will serve as your students’ unofficial guide to holiday break with addresses, hours and special events at museums, zoos, libraries and community centers.