This winter has been brutal. We've had several snow days and some late openings and an early dismissal due to the weather. But no matter where you are, there's lots of learning to be done. Parents and children should celebrate the time they have together because there is so much they can do! Learning doesn't just take place at school, and learning can be, or should be, FUN!!
Here's what I did today. If you have some extra time with your children, look at it as an opportunity to do something different. And if your power is out and you can't use the computer...well, be creative!!
1. Art Lessons: I spent some time laughing and making a cat. There are more lessons, so bring on the snow! I can't wait to share this with my school kids. This is a drawing course for kids pre-k to third grade, but it was just right for me. Check out illustrator Will Terry as he helps us all learn how to draw. http://www.youtube.com/user/willterryart#grid/user/0455BA1360AC306D
2. Make puzzles. I made some cryptograms to share with my class. I bet your kids will love these. Or, better yet, have them make puzzles for YOU to solve. You can trade. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/?CFID=4876881&CFTOKEN=30792682
3. What? You're not following the Iditarod? It starts in about a month, so get moving. I spent a lot of time revising my lessons and preparing for our annual Iditarod Banquet. The Iditarod site has tons of suggestions for how to use the Iditarod to teach children, and there are even blogging dogs. Lots to do, lots to do! http://www.iditarod.com/
4. Do you want to learn how to make comics with kids? The National Association of Comics Art Educators can help. http://www.teachingcomics.org/
5. And if you think you have it bad stuck in the house for a day or two, visit this Alert Map site. It shows every type of disaster imaginable happening in the world now. Then count your blessings. http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php