March break is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking about
how your students will fill the 120 free hours they have. There are many
options that are fun, educational and fulfilling that can keep your students
busy over March break.
March Break Cooking Class
Teaching your students to cook is a fun and educational activity; students
practice their reading by following the recipe. Learning to measure and
follow recipe instructions is a great way to practice for science lab
experiments and learning to cook is a valuable life skill. Invite some
friends around and get your student to cook a simple two-course meal like
soup, tacos, pasta or noodles followed by cookies or cupcakes.
March Break Camps
Camps are usually one or two day affairs which cost around $50. Whatever
your student’s hobbies and interests, there are camps that are perfect
for them. Whether its winter camping, crafts, music or sport, your student
is sure to find a March camp that suits them best.
Simple design ideas can really add pizzazz to your student’s room.
They can do a mural on a wall or give tired furniture a new lease on life
with a new coat of paint. Encourage your student to be creative and to
enjoy making something unique out of their personal space.
Your student can benefit from helping others by meeting new people and
having interesting experiences. There are an endless number of volunteer
opportunities in your neighborhood, so explore these and get your student
to give back this March break.
Exploring your family history can be a really fun activity. You can gather
your own information if your students are good detectives, or you can
join an online ancestry site which will map your family tree for you.
Your students can call relatives to find out how much they remember or
to ask for photos to add to a family tree. You can visit sites that are
of importance to your family and or homes where relatives used to live.
Family trees are good ways for students to see where they came from and
to give them a sense of belonging.
The recent meteorite sighting has made many students turn their attention
to the stars. You can buy or rent a telescope and take advantage of the
clear winter skies to learn more about the night sky. Look up the position
of constellations online. Smartphone apps make it easy to identify different
stars and planets as well as constellations. A trip to your local observatory
will augment your field trips with additional data. Museums often also
have great exhibitions on the stars and the origins of the earth.
Just a little forward planning can alleviate March break boredom and help
your students to do something fun, entertaining and constructive with
their extra time.