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Monday, November 24

Fun Learning During the Thanksgiving Break!

This post is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and reflects a collaboration with NEA’s Raise Your Hand for Student Success campaign. All thoughts and opinions are, of course, my own. Be sure to visit the NEA Parents’ Page for great resources for parents!

My kids have this entire week of Thanksgiving off from school. I remember back in the day only getting Thursday and Friday off, leaving you with just a few days to enjoy the holiday. I actually really appreciate having three extra days to relax with our family and enjoy some time off together. But having the whole week off means almost 10 days of no school!

I’m not one to buy workbooks and pull out the flashcards on school breaks. Honestly, I love getting a break from the homework grind. But just because homework and class time are on hiatus doesn’t mean learning has to be. Here are a few things we’ll be doing this week as a family to facilitate fun learning during the Thanksgiving break!

making learning fun during the thanksgiving break by @janemaynard

  • COOKING! Of course we’ll be cooking up a storm this week and you can bet the kids will be involved. Not only will having the kids cook with me help form lasting memories, but there are ample learning opportunities in the kitchen, especially around math. Anna even got up this morning and made up her own “recipe” with yogurt and milk, so she is ready to go in the cooking department!
  • READING! I am lucky that we have kids who love to read, so they’ll do plenty of reading on their own over the break. But even if kids don’t love reading, Thanksgiving break is a good time to get them excited to read. I always buy Christmas books during this week and we kick off the holiday season by reading those books together as a family. We also have fun Thanksgiving books to share together, too.

making learning fun during the christmas break - reading books and buying new christmas books - from @janemaynardThis is our newest Christmas book, which I bought just last night!

  • DAY TRIPS! We have passes to the Natural History Museum in LA as well as the San Diego Zoo. We will be visiting one of those spots for sure this week! Museums really are a great way to mix learning with fun!
  • CRAFTS & LEARNING ACTIVITIES: My Anna loves science more than a million ice cream scoops, so I’m sure we’ll break out our Green Kid Crafts science kit and do a science project together. My friend Marie also has about 1 billion projects on her website Make and Takes, so I’ll be seeing what ideas she has for us, too!

making learning fun during the thanksgiving break by @janemaynard

What do you have planned this week with the kids? I’m sure you all have all kinds of creative ideas, so please share them with the rest of us!


6 Comments »

  1. 1
    Patinnh

    Wow- such a beautiful family. Learning is fun! I always loved having the kids home for vacation. Friends thought I was crazy💁

  2. 2
    Nikki CB

    Wonderful ideas! I like the idea of getting some new Christmas books over Thanksgiving, to get excited about reading them together. We just have 1/2 day on Wednesday and then Thursday and Friday off, and we are traveling Thurs and Fri, but today we ARE making a pumpkin pie together, so that should be fun, and as you noted, educational too!

  3. We have an annual pass to the Aquarium of the Pacifiic – educational & a playground to get exercise & use their imagination- it includes a boat, giant anthill. Of course, we are big fans of educational games in our house

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