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Six Tips for Learning During the Holidays

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Has the holiday rush put learning on the back burner? Here are six ways you can make sure your young student doesn’t lose momentum with his Language Arts skills while on a holiday break.

  1. Involve the Kids in Holiday Preparations — Young children can help with the cookie baking, setting the table, addressing envelopes for Christmas cards, and so much more. How special for Grandma to receive a card handwritten by her grandchild in his best cursive.
  2. Read Aloud — Whatever your favorite holiday books may be, continue your daily read aloud habit. Precious memories are made over books, and this time of snuggling together can help calm everyone and be a valuable stress reliever.
  3. Make a book together — Take pictures of your child engaging in your family’s traditions and holiday activities, print them out, and then attach each to a half sheet of lined paper. Have your student write a sentence to explain what he was doing in the picture. He’ll have a meaningful writing activity, and you’ll have a memory book to look back on years from now.
  4. Sequencing — Young children need to build language and cognitive skills which help them down the line in their reading skills. Learning how to sequence the steps in an event or an activity can help build these skills. Those pictures you took earlier could also be used to sequence events. For example, first we bought the tree, next we decorated it, and finally we drank cocoa while watching the lights sparkle. You could also take pictures during the process of completing a task. For example, first we measured and mixed the dry ingredients, second we added the wet ingredients, third we mixed it all together, fourth we rolled and cut the cookies, and fifth we shared them with our neighbors!
  5. Write Thank You Notes together — It doesn’t take much to write a quite note to Aunt Mary thanking her for the sweater she knitted just for Junior. Start now teaching your little one to express his gratitude. If writing an entire note is beyond his skill level, have him write the salutation, sign the card, and address the envelope.
  6. Play games — Pull out your Phonogram Bingo or Phonogram Fun Packet and spend 15 minutes playing games with your youngster. He’ll love the time together, and this quick review will help keep the phonograms fresh.
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