Easy Ways to Incorporate Learning Into Your Holiday Fun (page 2)

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Updated on Dec 18, 2013

Art and Music. This season is a wealth of culture and art:

  • Every culture and language has its own music. Listen broadly to how a holiday is expressed through music of different cultures.
  • Have each child choose a favorite holiday or seasonal song and then research where the song came from, when it was written and if the lyrics were ever different.
  • Create artwork around the season, the holiday or the weather.  Cut snowflakes, decorate windows and make gifts.

Physical Education. Get out and DO stuff:

  • In areas with snow, skating, skiing, and sledding are great ways to spend time, while getting exercise and enjoying the snow and ice.
  • In areas without snow, consider trying a new activity outside that you don't do during the rest of the year and make it a new seasonal activity for your family. How about rock climbing, hiking, in-line skating, or golf? Get out and enjoy some exercise and family time.

It would be easy to dismiss all this activity as non-educational, but cultural literacy is really an imperative to our society. Use the things going on around you during this season to both enhance your child's knowledge of where they live and the greater world around them AND enjoy time with their family this season. Make some learning memories by tying learning to fun. Finally, you might consider some educational gifts for the holidays this year and taking advantage of a holiday sale on online education programs for those cold days indoors.

Lori Beverage is senior manager of national community and family support for K12 . She has a bachelor of science in elementary and special education from UMaine at Farmington, a master of arts from Emerson College in theater education, and a decade of experience in the brick-and-mortar classroom as a special educator.

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