December 11, 2015

Holiday (or any time) Activities

Several parents have asked for ideas about activities that can keep their talented child(ren) occupied during quiet moments over the two week break, so the GT specialists across the district have compiled a list!

1. All GT LEAD students can SCAMPER something, such as an ornament or even the way the family celebrates the holiday season together. Ask them to substitute, combine, adapt, magnify/minify, put to another use, elaborate/eliminate, or reverse/rearrange some characteristic about a family tradition! They'll love it!

2. Brainstorm ideas as a family to see how many holiday words you can each come up with and compare ideas. You can brainstorm Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa or Christmas breakfast or dinner ideas. Or you can brainstorm as many ideas for holiday activities that can be done in the backyard. The goal here is to create fluency, but fun is a free, added bonus!

3. What's In The Box is a fun way to develop questions about a mysterious item in a sealed box. Perhaps you can hide some holiday item that celebrates a tradition or memory that is special to your family. This is played like "20 questions" where they ask simple questions that elicit a "yes" or "no" reply until the identity of the mysterious item is finally discovered.

4. Encourage your child to jump into a great book! Below are some books that can be read aloud or silently.

1st grade: Chris Van Allsburg books, Janet Steven's books, Shel Silverstein books, “Bad Case of the Stripes” by David Shannon

2nd grade: Roald Dahl books, The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birnery

3rd grade: Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

4th grade: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Wonder by R. J. Palacio,

5th grade: The Keeping Room by Anna Myers, Eliza's Freedom Road by Jerdine Nolen, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Cindy Garcia GT Specialist at Silver Lake Elementary School