Homework Ideas for Winter Break December 15 2010

As a teacher and a parent, I've always liked the idea of kids working on homework during Christmas break. It's a long time for students to go without any kind of academic stimulation, and I at least like to provide learning opportunities for students during this time.

However, Christmas break tends to be chaotic for families. I like to ensure that homework activities for the break are more light and fun in nature. Homework pages usually review skills covered in class and are gathered into packets with a newsletter on the top for parents. This is a great opportunity to wish your students' families a safe and festive Christmas break!

I also like to offer a prize for students who bring their homework packets back completed. This facilitates practice of skills and concepts during the two (or more) weeks the kids are away from the classroom.

Here's a variety of homework activities that you might want to incorporate into your own Christmas Break Homework Packets!

Reading and Writing

This Reading Log and Bookmark can encourage kids to read and write their minutes down during the break. Students can also decorate the bookmark.

The Reindeer Mini-Book and Puppet is a fun activity for the whole family. Students can first write their Reindeer stories in the mini-book, then act them out for their parents!

Younger students would probably enjoy leaving a Christmas Note to Santa on this placemat, setting it out with a plate of Christmas cookies on December 24th.

Older kids can learn how to construct effective persuasive argument with this writing activity called What I Want for Christmas in Five Paragraphs.

Printables and Games

Don't let handwriting take a back seat! Kids can practice forming letters correctly with this  Winter Words printable.

Looking for a math game to send home with younger students? Count and Compare includes number cards easy to collate and send home with kids!

Children can learn valuable math skills by combining counting and Christmas shopping with this Gift Shopping Printable to practice counting and using coins and dollars. Apply those counting skills with this Learning to Count Money printable.

Children can practice writing skills with this Letter to Santa.

These Ornament Templates provide endless opportunities for creativity while reviewing skills and concepts.

Projects

If you have older students, a project might be a great way to keep kids practicing academic skills over the break. This Math in My Life project helps kids discover how they personally connect with the practicalities of math in every day life.

Students and parents can learn a lot about the Christmas holiday in other cultures with this Christmas Around the World reading material and process grid.

Help family members have fun together with these directions to make fun Graham Cracker Houses! Have students take pictures of their creations to bring to school.

Once school is back in session after the new year, collect the homework packets while communicating your pride in your students' work. If possible, set aside some time for your students to reconnect by sharing some of their work with classmates!