6 Tips to Help Keep Kids in a School-Like Routine During Snow Days
by Jesse Rasmussen
posted Jan 24 2014 8:01AM
With there being various delays and snow days it's hard on kids, especially younger kids, because they are out of their routine. Here are some tips to keep them entertained and to help keep them in the "School Year Mind Set" from a kindergarten teacher. (Jesse's wife)
1. Stay in a routine - Even if you find out school is delayed or closed the night before, try to go to bed at normal time and get up around the normal time. Kids need that sleep pattern and will crash if they go back to school the next day without their normal amount if sleep.
2. Use the computer/iPad for those educational apps and games-
Fun educational websites: coolmath4kids.com, starfall.com, abcya.com,
Apps: letter school, number fun, word wall hd, sight word bingo, math fact master
3. While those things can be used for educational purposes, limit their use and how much they're watching TV -
Do crafts, projects, experiments, or pretend play to keep those brains focused and thinking. Make snow ice cream, or anything to make memories! If they need to move around and burn some energy, go to a local open gym time and let your kids run! Remember Recess is a part of school too. :)
4. Use any resources your teacher may have sent home - Many teachers will send home a newsletter or a calendar that discuss objectives and topics for their class. Try and review some past lessons to make sure he or she can demonstrate those skills to you and can pick up where the teacher left off. If you're really feeling ambitious try working ahead a bit.
5. Don't forget, pick up the pencil and write! - Practice that handwriting and use this time to do creative writing or journaling. Make comics, create your own story, or simply just practice writing letters.
6. As always, READ! - If you can get out, visit the library. Read fun rhyming books, interesting nonfiction books, classic fairy tales, or books from the same author. Talk about the ways the books are the same or different, recall characters, setting, beginning/middle/end, ask who, what, when, where, why, how questions about the story. Or if you're more creative, act out the story with your kids.