It’s hard to believe it is almost time for winter break to be here. It’s also a very busy time of year. Don’t forget to take time over winter break to read each day with your child, it has been proven to improve learning in all subject areas. Make learning fun by tying reading, math and writing into your daily routine so students understand the importance of education. One idea could be to have students help write a grocery list, calculating the cost of items and reading the sales ads.
Looking for something to do with the kids during winter and winter break?
· In downtown Olympia, the community tree is found at Sylvester Park and Capitol Way.
· Lacey’s tree is at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square on 7th Avenue SE.
· In Tumwater, the tree is lit up at Tumwater City Hall at 555 Israel Road SW.
· The state holiday tree on display in the Capitol Building rotunda. The noble fir from Port Blakely Tree Farms of Tumwater is decorated with 5,000 LED lights.
Holiday Tours & Lights
· Olympia's Lighted Ship Parade (Olympia Yacht Club), Dec. 5 and 8, 6 p.m. along Port Plaza.
· Governor’s mansion holiday tours take place on December 14th and 17th; reservations are required and can be made by calling 360.902.8880.
· Neighborhood lights and a popular lit-up location is The Lights at KenLake, at 2228 Lakemoor Dr. SW in Olympia. Last year visitors dropped off enough non-perishable items to support local food banks.
· Harvest Drive in Tumwater has fully illuminated homes at 817, 833, and 826 – Santa has even been known to make an appearance on the weekends.
· The 3rdannual lighted tractor parade is in downtown Centralia.
Date: December 15, 2012 Time:6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
· Cabela’s offers free pictures with the Jolly Old Elf in their gift department, on December 10th,11th, 17th, and 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m.
· The 63rd Annual Santa Parade is on Market street in Downtown Chehalis. Date: December 1, 2012 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM http://www.chamberway.com
· Santa arrives at I-5 Toyota, so get your complementary photos, cookies, apple ciderand hot cocoa on December 3, at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM http://www.I-5Cars.com
Homemade gifts are a kid specialty and there are many gifts kids can make. Check this website for some inspiration: http://workathomemoms.about.com/od/giftskidscanmake/Gifts_Kids_Can_Make.htm
Designated areas are available fortubing and general snow play at Fields Spring Sno-Park, Lake Wenatchee Sno-Park, Hyak Sno-Park, Rose Springs Sno-Park and the Oldman Pass Sno-Park. In addition, tubing and general snow play are permitted in non-designated areas in many Sno-Parks and in state parks that are open in the winter.
· Lewis CountyCommunity Band
Date: December 4, 2012 Time:7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Event Description: Come bring your family for an enjoyable evening of instrumental music. The Lewis County Community Band will be presenting a free concert at Corbet Theatreon December 4th at 7:30 pm. There is no charge for admission.
· Centralia College Choir
Date: December 10, 2012 Time:7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Description: The Centralia College Choir is presenting a musical concert of seasonal favorites free of charge at the Harrison Square Presbyterian Churchin Centralia.
Another school year is almost ready to begin! Is your child ready and excited to come back to school? The first week can be both exciting and stressful. There are a few key things you can do to help your child prepare for a successful transition from summer to school.
· Talk about your child’s new teacher and classmates in a positive way to show them you are excited about the new school year.
· Attend open house, meet the new teacher and explore the school and classroom. Knowing ahead of time where to go and meeting a few classmates goes a long way to quell back to school jitters.
· Adjust your child’s bedtime to correspond with an earlier wake up time if they have gotten in the habit of sleeping in during the summer. Keep in mind that kids need more sleep then adults, typically about 10 hours a night.
· Set up simple routines to help the“morning rush” and “homework hour” slide by with ease. Checklists can be a great tool to help kids keep track of tasks independently. Stress can be greatly reduced by breaking up what needs to be done each day in small chunks.
Check out these websites for printable checklists and more ideas on how support a new and exiting school year.
See you soon!