Have you started your Christmas break? This is the first day of our break. We started school on August 1, so the boys and I are both ready for a break. Taking a break from school work is a good thing. If you do not schedule regular breaks, please consider that taking a break helps them. Kids need time to process all the new things you have been teaching them this year. Having a break from academics helps them process this knowledge. You can still keep your routines in place, and you can have fun and educational things for them to do. But take a break from the book work.
Last summer, I took off two whole months from bookwork. One of my sons jumped two levels in his spelling in that time. I did not do anything extra to help him with spelling. I did ask that they read daily, and I believe this helped him with his spelling. I let them pick what interests them to read. I don’t give them a reading list.
Taking a break will also keep you from burning out, too. You need a break from planning and grading papers and teaching. So take a couple of weeks off from school and enjoy this season with your children.
This week, our zone is the master bedroom. Use the missions with your children and ask them to do missions in their rooms, too.
Wednesday – Declutter in your closet
Thursday – Declutter shoes
Menu Plan for Monday – Hot Dogs and Tater Tots
Weekly Home Blessing – Wash the Sheets
- Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
- Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
- Swish and Swipe
- Start Your Laundry
- Decide on Dinner
- Check Your Calendar
- Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
- Daily Movement for 15 Minutes
School: Do some thank you notes for handwriting practice and make a Christmas craft
- Eat Lunch
- Clear off One Hot Spot
- Reboot the Laundry
- Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
- Drink Your Water