Dear Berry Patch Families,
December offers a variety of terrific opportunities for learning adventures. With all the time we’ve spent at home with our immediate family members this past year, think of Christmas as a jolt of joy. Provide intentional learning experiences punctuated with love this month. Here are a few suggestions to get the ideas rolling.
Board Games– Play a favorite game with a twist. For example, use holiday Hershey’s Kisses for markers when playing Candyland. Play in teams. Set up a small table or card table just for game playing so the game can stay in “play mode”.
Classic Holiday Movies– Watch a classic Christmas movie from your childhood with your kids. Make popcorn and warm cider. Cuddle up in fleece blankets with pillows. After the movie, discuss the story by asking open ended questions. Remember to use good eye contact.
Holiday Baking– Make cut-out cookies. Allow your kids to help measure, stir, roll, cut-out, frost, and decorate the cookies. Children can learn a lot in the kitchen!
Santa Library– Set up a bin or bookshelf with holiday books for quiet time. After lunch each day, read a book together, then encourage your kids to “read” on their own.
Giving to Others– Be kind and generous to others. Involve your children in sharing with others. From the Salvation Army Red Kettles to the World Vision Gift Catalog, choose to bless others during Christmastime.
May you and your family have a joyful holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
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