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Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 2:52 pm, Mon Dec 27, 2010.

School’s out for at least two weeks in the Lodi and Galt areas.

It’s cold outside, and there’s no homework due. What better time to stay inside, watch movies or play the new Nintendo Wii surely to be found under the Christmas tree, right?

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:34 pm on Tue, Dec 21, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Now this is creativity in action.. great suggestions!!!!

    •Let the kids make the music. Help them write song lyrics, then use household items such as a closed container filled with rice, a pot and a spoon, or two pot lids for cymbals. You can also put a rubber band over an empty tissue box to make a guitar. The possibilities are endless. You can even use sibling rivalry to your advantage and have a family battle of the bands.
    •Or play lively classical music while the kids paint, sculpt with Play-Doh or have craft time.
    •Do a little “time traveling.” Either let the kids chose the time period or pick one they are currently studying in school. You can research the time period online and come up with coloring pages, historical games, craft ideas or find recipes to make with the kids. We did this during Thanksgiving. We made maple syrup candy and quill pens out of wild turkey feathers and used ink to write letters.
    •Put on a family science fair or geography fair. Let the kids pick their science experiment, or state/country to explore. Help them access books at the library or appropriate websites to research their subject. You can get inexpensive poster board and school supplies at the Dollar Tree. Let the kids make a display board and give a presentation on their project. It’s important for them to feel like they are teaching you for a change!
    — Christy Richesin, homeschool teacher

     
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