"And mom and dad can hardly wait for school to start again"
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby...and so many others
Here's a holiday vocab word for you: wassail Both a fun activity and a beverage, this activity evolved into caroling and trick or treating.
Winter Break Brain Freeze
Learning loss happens to all children during long breaks from school. While summer break is the famous one, we also see it during winter breaks (or really anything 2+ weeks long). The good news is, it's a really low commitment to prevent it. Here's how:
- Memorization: Consider anything that your child needs to memorize like sight words, multiplication facts, counting, or spelling words. Reviewing these for a few minutes every day will make a huge difference.
- Reading: Read for 20 minutes every day (yes- bedtime stories count!)
- Critical Thinking: If you're thinking about some activities over break, consider museums, nature walks, and historical sites. Have meaningful conversations while you're there. Many of these places will have brochures with premade questions or facts to share.
- Cheat Code- the workbook: This was my secret weapon when I was teaching. Think Stretch makes these adorable winter break packets for K-5. If they aren't motivated, consider giving them a prize for finishing it.
🎥 Surprise!: My Holiday Teacher Gift Guide is releasing TODAY at 3PM eastern. I need your help to boost it! Watching the premiere live and/or leaving a comment on the video is the best way to tell youtube to promote it. Can you help me out?
🎙️ Livestream: This Saturday morning at 10am eastern I'll do my last livestream of the year. I'll be doing Q&A (respond to this email to submit) and sharing some funny stories from the classroom.
🐊 Home: This past weekend I went to Florida to visit my parents. It was really nice to see them and of course get some beach time. It meant delaying my video premiere, but it was so worth it.
Things I Love (contains affiliate links)
👛 1 for you, 1 for me: This cute belt bag comes in 61 colors! I think the ivory sherpa one is so cute and fuzzy. Great gift for the hot girl walker in your life...and great price to get one for you too 😉
💄 moisturizing: These lip balms have a sheer tint of color and are so creamy. Perfect for a pop of color! I wear "super strawberry."