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This Friday is our last week of school before break. I want to send home a packet for my students to complete over break. Does anyone else send home a packet, if so what do you include? Or if anyone has activities they want to attach, I would appreciate it! Thanks!!!


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How long are you off for?
Me? We have off a week....let them be kids! The kids who NEED to do the packet to continue w/ skills will NOT get it done and the kids who will get it done are kids who need a break!
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We have two and a half weeks.
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Wow, that is a nice break! Do you have trimesters I wonder! Enjoy!
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Why?

For my own 2nd grader: he will spend part of the break with me and part with his dad.


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For my 3rd graders... I asked the parents if they wanted anything. Some in my class do, and for them I am currently creating writing and vocabulary activities. I don't usually give them anything unless specifically asked... I have some eager parents this year and if they want them, then I don't see a problem with it.

I don't have anything for grade 2 yet.... but maybe focus on items that would be fun and quick to review?
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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I'm not trying to be rude. . I promise I'm not. .. but what is the purpose in it?

I think the Christmas break is exactly that - a break from school work. It's a time to be with family, relaxing, traveling, etc.

Just my opinion. . .
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I have always believed....
Old 12-12-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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...that there should not be any assignments over a long break (Christmas, Easter, etc.) It's supposed to be a break! As a parent, this was a time for me to enjoy being with my kids and doing the things we wanted to do. This might be cooking together, visiting the Children's museum, cleaning their rooms, or just sleeping in late and playing with our new toys.

As a teacher, I don't want to come back to a stack of papers to grade. I would also be highly resentful if my administration assigned stuff that needed to be done "over the break." I'd be calling my union!

The parents who want extra work will go to the bookstore and buy those all encompassing 2nd grade workbooks, or a computer program like Jump Start Second Grade.

Perhaps you could send a list of 2nd grade friendly websites, like PBSKids or FunBrain, as an optional activity.
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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While I agree that this is a break and kids could use the break, I also think that they should do something to help retain what has been learned. It has been my experience that students go on these long breaks, (we will have 3 1/2 weeks), and come back remembering little to nothing. I am planning on giving out something that isn't mandatory. More of a challenge packet and a letter explaining the importance and benefits of children at least continuing to read and practice math flashcards over the break. My kids are EL's and low as it is, so the continual practice over the break will help!
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:45 AM
 
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I have some "holiday homework challenges" on my website. I don't use them often, but once in a while you get some kids who ask for something to do.

It is completely optional, easy, and just something to keep them thinking.

Go to the "H" section if you are interested!

www.bainbridgeclass.com/files.htm
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:06 AM
 
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I have a colleage who does 'a page a day' packets.
There is ONE page for each WEEK DAY of the break.
Each page has probably a little something from each subject -- such as a brain teaser, a short set of math problems, something DOL-like, etc., so that each subject is represented. She always says it IS homework -- they have an earnest conversation about how your brain needs exercise just like your body.
:-) Just an idea.
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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ideas! I always ask parents to have their children read & practice sight words and math facts over break (We have 2 weeks off) but I don't have them turn anything in. I like your homework challenges and may try them as an optional incentive this year. Thanks for sharing!
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A break is a break
Old 12-13-2010, 09:09 AM
 
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I do not send homework during a break. I do send a note to parents reminding that their child should be reading each day.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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I agree with many of you......GIVE THEM A BREAK! We teachers need one....so do the children!

If you insist on something....encourage them to read and MAYBE record their minutes or the title of books they read over break!
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No homework over the break here!
Old 12-13-2010, 02:22 PM
 
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Dear Erd,
We are not permitted to send home work over the holidays. It is simple and end of the story.
Goodluck,
OhioTeach

http://www.mrforsythe.blogspot.com/
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No homework here. . .
Old 12-13-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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I don't plan on doing school work over the break, and I won't ask my students to do it either. In my opinion, they should spend their time with family, play and just enjoy their time off.
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