The children are out of school for Thanksgiving break and they are prepared to sleep the days away and eat everything in the kitchen. Repeat after me, “That’s NOT allowed!”
Our society has developed the thought that learning stops after the school bell rings. That’s absolutely incorrect! A child’s home environment is his or her first classroom. Without taking much of your time (because I want you to read the entire blog), here are 3 ways to keep your child educationally active at home during Thanksgiving break.
1. Go shopping! Yes, get in the stores! Here’s your task: use cash only. Develop a budget for whatever you NEED to purchase. Share that budget with your child(ren). Work together to gather your items without exceeding your budget. Have your minor tabulate the cost of each item. Split the kids up in teams. Each team has a set time to get what you assign them with. Have fun with it! You’re teaching your kids how to stick to a budget. This teaches financial education at home, something that is not taught in school.
2. Watch a movie! Pop in a movie your family loves! Pop some popcorn too! Casually discuss the characters in the film. How and WHY are the dressed the way they are? Talk about the setting? Why is Spider-Man based in New York and not Florida? Why is is that woman wearing bright RED lipstick opposed to a neutral color? In fact, the setting of the movie may be in a place unfamiliar to your child. What an awesome way to discuss geography! Why not talk about some features of the plot? We all love conflict and drama, don’t we?
3. Cook! Children learn best when they practice by doing! This is a skill that’s not used in many classrooms. Allow the children to measure ingredients and mix the stuffing mix. There are countless things you can do in the kitchen. All in all, let the children get messy! This is a fun way to integrate math in your Thanksgiving holiday!
Im not a math teacher. In fact, math has always been one of my lowest areas of interest. But, I’m an equal opportunity teacher. Note how you can easily review plot, character development, and mathematics by doing fun, simple things with children during their time out of school. No teacher, lecture, or worksheets needed.
Neat ideas? Which activity would you most likely implement? Share any other ideas below! Can’t wait to hear from you!