Hunker Down Activities p. 1

Fun things to do on this snow day inside Kitchen Stuff: -Use fraction measuring cups and try to decide if how to cut the recipes in half or make double. Can make a mean dinner this way. Have kids decide from a cook book recipe what they would like to make from scratch. Responsible for prep, measure, clean up. -Give your kids a course in SIMPLE COOKING 101. How to make the go to things for meals: Garlic toast, baked potatoes, the perfect hard boiled egg. Have them write down a meal plan and, if you are brave, oversee them making dinner. -For teens: CHOPPED SNOWDAY Give your players the exact same ingredients to make an appetizer, main dish, dessert. Give ample time to do this, but offer sugg

Hunker Down Activities 2

Get on the Creativity Wagon: Put a bunch of silly props you have around the house into paper bags. Give each person a bag and tell them that together they must create a play to perform. DANCE PARTY!! or EXERCISE: www. YouTube: Exercise workouts with kids Quiet time Writing: ~write a letter to grandparents. Address the envelope properly. ~Keep a weather journal of conditions and temps. ~Add a story: Each person begins a story, after 10 minutes, pass the story to the next story. Continue on until everyone has had a chance to write on some else's story. Read aloud. Hilarious. ~Make popcorn and str

When Snow Days Grow: Ideas for Michigan Teacher Flexibility

Snow days. If you have ever been in Michigan for a winter, you know the weather will certainly be terrible enough for a school cancellation…lovingly called a SNOW DAY. Today is one of those days. I watch my social media coverage with happy teachers who will not have to drive on slick and ice covered roads or worry about students being outdoors in subzero wind chills. I remember the joy of rolling back over after “the call”. The western half of Michigan along the lake and into its interior at least 50 miles, is known as the Lake Effect Snow Area. The warm waters of Lake Michigan allow cold and dry air masses to pull up moisture and once over land, dump the snow in alarming rates. Kids and tea

It Starts at Home

The streetlights are on, time to go home. Don’t play with that, you’ll shoot your eye out. Take your boots off in the house. Because I said so….. Children are shaped first by their parents. In my life as a parent, I am sure I have erred many times with advice on things I really had no idea about. My kids turned out to be compassionate people, willing to hear and be heard; people who have a heart. I hope it was because something I or their dad had done, but I can’t help but think it was experiences and not necessarily what their parents thought that knit together their sense of the rules. People do what helps them feel like they fit in. It is always feels good to get a laugh. We do what makes

Kids don't disappear when the bell rings

Yesterday's Scenario: They had been there again. That group that comes after the school day is done. They use my equipment and even though things are put away, I can’t help feeling violated. Yesterday, I planned to leisurely put up my bulletin boards. I put my ear buds in and, knowing school was resuming tomorrow from the long Winter break, I brought an extra large latte and bagel. I arrived at the school to find 83 kids spread out between the cafeteria and the gym. I had forgotten all about the enrichment program that works with kids during vacations, before and after school, and during the summer. It griped me. I spoke to one of the leaders and asked how long they planned to be in my gym.

That Teacher

Jacqueline Hill was a Physical Education teacher at my high school. I laugh a little when I say that, because she wasn’t athletic at all. She was a very slightly built African American woman from the South. I wasn’t particularly athletic myself, (well, I thought I was but not in a proficient way). I became a teacher, in part, because of Miss Hill. Back in the 70’s there was a war on, civil unrest was rampant, and our small town was in a bubble. I hated the fact that we were so isolated from others when snow blocked our path out of town. We were forced to get along with the people we lived with. In sports and academics, clubs and classwork, our school was cohesive in a weird but wonderful wa

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