What is your approach to the winter break and schooling?
A. Let it all go, hey it’s only 2 weeks?
B. Purchase a holiday break bridge book for your child to complete each day?
C. Ask the teacher for extra homework?
D. Make intricate lesson plans for each day, after all, you always wondered if you could be a homeschooler and what better time to try it out?
E. I try to create a flexible plan for each child’s learning to continue and then try to work in opportunities for learning on the fly when possible as well. It may even be best described as a list of goals, not necessarily a plan. I am not a huge “planner” and tend to be more fly by the seat of my pants, BUT, I do find that when I think through things in advance I come closer to meeting those goals. And, my friends, perhaps this post will Pretty specific right?
As it is simply a list of goals, I have talked to my kiddos about what they think are achievable goals for the break. We also have long-term goals to accomplish by the end of the quarter, next semester and by the end of the school year. I don’t usually write those out, but I will for at least the winter break for your benefit. Perhaps you’d like to come up with a flexible plan for your learners. The following is my list of goals for each one of my little learners:
6th grader: Read at least 2 books, continue to work on math computer program from school (at least 5 assignments) and any other school assignments.
5th grader: Read at least 2 books, work daily on multiplication and division math facts. Write one letter to a friend.
3d grader: He already has three books he wants to read over break (a giant miracle for my reluctant reader!!!!). He will work daily on his multiplication facts and write 1 letter to a friend.
Kindergartener: Read 1 book a day, and do at least 5 pages of handwriting practice.
3 year old: color a few times, practice Latin translation, quadratic equations and listen to as many books as possible.
We have about 4 Christmases, New Years, plenty of downtime, family time, sleeping in, a library visit and playing with new stuff to fit in there as well. I realize not all of this will be accomplished, and I won’t feel bad as long as all of the stuff in the previous sentence is good.
I seek to encourage life-long learners and not compartmentalize learning into just the “school” category. My husband and I seek to help our kids think through their personal goals, plan ways to meet those, encourage them to work hard, and teach them how to pick themselves up and try again when they don’t. I encourage you to think first through short-term winter break goals for and with your kids. I’ll post about making long-term goals over the next couple of weeks.
Enjoy the break!