Here are just some of suggestions gathered from Arlington families to help your children continue to learn and explore from home.

  • Have a spelling contest by pulling words from a variety of books at home. Select a word, then read the paragraph in which it was found. For those words that need more practice, have your kid(s) write out the correct spelling three times each. Then let your kids test you!
  • Make your own mail boxes out of an old box and some paper. You and your kids can write letters and deliver them to each other throughout the day. They love checking to see if they have mail, plus they’re having fun writing and drawing pictures for each other.
  • Start a story with a sentence like “There was an old rundown house at the end of the long dirt road.” Then each person in the family takes a turn adding a sentence to the story; keep going around the table many times, until you run out of ideas or the story comes to a natural conclusion. If kids are young, one parent can act as the scribe, if not, you can pass the pencil around and everyone can write their own sentence. Read it out loud when you are done.
  • Family baking and cooking projects are excellent opportunities for students to practice reading and following directions, weights and measurements. Plus everyone can enjoy the results.
  • Card games, board games, video and electronic games, charades – all of these provide great opportunities for strategic thinking and communications.
  • If the weather is nice, create a scavenger hunt of things you can find outdoors: an interesting bug, a pretty flower, an unusual stone, something growing, etc. Family members can use cameras, phones or tablets to take photographs of the items they find. Then make a photo or video collage of the exploration, and talk about how the various items are connected to each other and to the environment.
  • Students are encouraged to continue to read and review materials and assignments provided or referenced by their teachers in their course materials.
  • Some of these materials are in print form and others are available online through teacher-created webpages, and/or school webpages.
  • All students are encouraged to continue with reading and writing. Keeping a journal is an excellent way for students to continue developing their writing skills, and enjoy sharing their writing and receiving feedback.