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Mrs. Gleason Bagnall Reading Specialist

Mrs. Gleason Bagnall Reading Specialist

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I am the Reading Specialist at Bagnall Elementary School with over 20 years teaching experience. I'm so lucky to be able to go to work each day doing something that I love!

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Winter Break Activities

Winter break is almost here and our kids at Bagnall will be home enjoying the holidays and winter fun. Winter break is also the perfect opportunity to read for fun.  Whether your children will be reading Christmas or holiday stories before bedtime or catching up on their favorite fantasy series, this is the perfect time to get in some reading practice. On today’s post I am going to share with you some ideas on how to keep your kids active and engaged with some fun winter break reading activities. I also shared a picture of a few of my own favorite winter reading books. 

Make a Reading List

You have heard of a summer reading list, well how about a winter break reading list.  Now is the perfect time for your children to catch up on all those books and magazines that they do not have time to read during the school year.  Reading for pleasure builds vocabulary, expands your child’s mind intellectually and also helps your child become a better writer. So, take a trip to your local library and let your kids choose a huge stack of books for some of their winter break reading activities and include them on a reading list.


Cook with your Kids

Cooking is such a great way for the family to spend both fun and educational time together.   Reading food labels and recipes can help your child improve their reading skills and also learn the meanings of unfamiliar words.  Cooking also provides math and telling time practice, as these are both essential when cooking a meal. You can have your children pick out some cookbooks at the library (when you are making your reading list) and help cook the recipes that they like best

Write thank you letters

Encourage your children to write “thank you” letters for all of the holiday gifts that they received from relatives and friends.  Sit with your children and write your own notes at the same time. Writing letters is a heavy burden for some children, so it might be a good idea to space the work and be supportive.

Go grocery shopping

Let your children carry the shopping lists as you shop.  They can read off the items you need. Label reading is also a great reading task for children.  You can have them look up the ingredients on the labels or ask them to research which breakfast cereal has the least amount of sugar in it.  You can make games out of it, for example, they have to walk down the pasta aisle and tell you how many different types of pasta they can find.  You can also make a grocery scavenger hunt and include all of the 4 food groups.

Play board games

Here is the opportunity to expand your child’s mind while also having fun and spending time together.  Games are great for challenging the minds of kids. Some games require reading for clues or reading directions.

 A few of our family favorites were Clue, Monopoly, Boggle and Apples to Apples. 

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Gleason, Robin
Reading Teacher