Here we are almost at Winter Break and I wanted to share some strategies for your child to have fun and learn at the same time!  I am always looking for Goldilocks which (to me) not too hard, not too easy, just right! 

Your child has made a lot of progress this year!  We want to stay on track and there are ways to do just that!

  1. Read, read, read and read. Read to them, have them read to you, have a sibling read to them, have your child read to a sibling. It doesn’t have to be perfect – just encourage them to love reading.
  2. When watching TV, turn on the captions so your child will see the words as they listen to the show.
  3. Practice math on the go! When you are shopping, ask your child to guess what 2 or 3 items will cost altogether. Ask which one costs more or less. Ask them to tell you how they figured out their answer or explain their thinking.

Finally, your child has stories to tell.  Give them the opportunity to tell you or write about their favorite things to do or read or whatever makes them happy.  If they are not comfortable writing, ask them to draw their ideas and tell you about them.  This is not the time for perfect writing.  This is the time for sharing stories.  Tell them or write to them about your happy stories when you were their age.  Children love to make cards to show how much they care.  This is a great opportunity for a child to write or even mail a homemade card to the family. 

Last, but not least, give your child the opportunity to be kind.  Maybe make cards for the elderly and drop off at a nursing home or hospital.  They don’t have to sign their full name, but there are many lonely people out there - especially during the holidays.

Best wishes to you and yours,

Lori Allen