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The Second Week of Winter Break

December 31, 2012

This post is for parents…

We are now in the second week of our winter break.  While I know we are still very busy with family and work events, it’s also a great week to engage your child intellectually. Here are some ideas/tips for you to consider:

  • Talk to them about current events.
  • Ask their opinions on matters, it doesn’t need to be those difficult, open-ended questions (especially if you have a teenager).
  • Have dinners together.
  • Take them to a museum, to the library, or to a park.
  • Encourage your child to be creative. Challenge your child with a project (like a puzzle or a snow structure).
  • Place boundaries on television and computer time.
  • Encourage your child to read a book and then discuss it with them.

I am not advocating to turn this last week of break into school. Your child needs some down-time from school and your family deserves quality time together. I am challenging you, though, to think about the opportunities you have to enhance their learning and growth.

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