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Winter Break Ideas for Families & Students

Visit your local library and check out some books for your students to read!

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Encourage your child to create a holiday themed story!

Students can write a story, draw a comic strip, create a video, draw a flip book, or find another way to create the story.

Students can use technology or create their story on paper! Some tech ideas include: cell phone videos, iMovie, google draw, adobe spark, you-tube, or paint.

Fill out scholarship applications!!

Students can fill out scholarship applications over the break! Why not start earning money for college now?

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Have students write a thank you card to someone new each day.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”—William Arthur Ward

Family Story & Hot Chocolate Night

Each night have one person in the family pick a children's book to read. These stories could be a favorite children's book or be a holiday story.

Drink hot chocolate and enjoy spending time together, away from phones, computers, and technology!

Give service, volunteer, and lend a helping hand.

This is a great time of year to volunteer or give service. Challenge your kids to do 5 acts of a service for someone else each day, with at least 1 of them being for someone outside of the house.

Keep track of the service and report them to each other at family dinner!

Have a no electronics day or a no electronics time during the day.

Have your kids help you schedule a break from electronics and let them figure out what they are going to do with that time.

Kids have the best ideas! Give them a chance to have those ideas and not play games all of the break!

Do some fun family activities!

Make smores over the fire.

Do a puzzle (or two).

Go sledding!

Have a movie night in a blanket fort, with lots of popcorn!

Put the kids in charge of the cooking!

Kids are notoriously picky eaters so give each of your kids one meal they are responsible for over the winter break. Help them plan a grocery list, shop, and cook the meal for the family.

Create a poster of smart goals that the family wants to accomplish - 1 family goal and 1 individual goal per person.

Talk about New Year's Resolutions and why they are important. Help each child create a goal they can work on for the coming year. Write the goals on a poster and hang it where everyone can see it!

Have students create a smart goal!

S - Specific

M - Measurable

A -Attainable

R -Relevant

T - Time Based

Remember, boredom is good for kids. It requires them to stretch their imagination and helps them look forward to school again!

See you in 2019!

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