Family Engagement over the Holidays
The excitement and activity during the holidays provides an amazing opportunity for enriching learning experiences as a family. Here are a few suggestions of how you can incorporate fun and engaging family activities during the break…and maybe, just maybe keep the kids off of Fortnite for a few minutes:
- Play a game like Scrabble, Boggle, Heads-up, Shut the Box (great math game – your kids won’t even know they are doing math), Snakes and Ladders (practicing counting and adding up dice). Games not only teach literacy and numeracy skills, but also work on oral language development as you talk together as a family.
- Go on a sparkle tour and check out the light displays around the city. Take thank you cards with to place in mailboxes of your favourite house displays.
- What a letter to someone far away (or not so far).
- Make cookies together following a recipe.
- Tell stories. Changing the characters in well-known fairy tales can be fun. Emily, in grade 2, loves hearing the 3 Bear’s story with “Emilylocks” instead of Goldilocks as a character.
- Go visit the public library. Did you know that the George Bothwell Branch has Virtual Reality Gaming Systems and an instrument borrowing program??
- When is the last time you checked out the Royal Saskatchewan Museum or the Regina Floral Conservatory??
Literacy Engagement At Home
Consider reading a novel as a family. Kids are never too old to be read to. A suggestion is to read the novel and then have a party where you watch the movie based on the book and have a snack based on the book.
Every month we will give you a few more novel suggestions. Let Ms. Hutton know if you tried any of them!
- BFG by Roald Dahl – After reading this book you can have a “GIANT” party with “GIANT” sized food like oversized burgers or salads in massive bowls.
- Holes by Louis Sachar – Watch this movie while drinking “SPLOOSH” (need to read the book to know what this is) and eating donut holes.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – This is a great one for younger students. Probably not a great idea to have bacon while watching the movie…you will have to think of another farm snack.
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