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to offer and take it outside. Many communities have great sledding hills. Find a lake, skating pond, or outdoor rink and go skating. Build a snow fort or a snowman. Some children do really well when physical and mental activities are combined. Have your child do jumping jacks while studying. Sometimes that really helps to make it click. So while you are keeping them active, maybe try to sneak in a little learning activity, too.

some activities sent home by the teachers, there are a ton of free online resources, including the following: ABCYA - a free educational wesbite that offers games in areas like math and language arts, and even differentiates by grade level. Spelling City - helps them practice spelling words through games like Hang Mouse and Crossword Puzzles.

Cook with your kids

Fun Brain - offers games based on math and reading, but also offers best-selling, digital, kid books, mad libs and other fun.

Kids love to help out in the kitchen. Maybe you are a gourmet chef or love to bake fancy treats, but really, any cooking activity will do. Mix up a batch of Tollhouse cookies. All you have to do is follow the recipe on the back of the package. Have the kids help. They can learn about measuring, stirring, timing, and all kinds of great lessons. Plus, they get a yummy treat at the end!

Starfall - focuses on teaching reading through the use of phonics. Kids can play with letters and letter sounds, have passages read to them and play games to gauge their learning. National Geographics Kids - a website full of crafts, photos and stories about experiences in other countries, recipes, and lots of science projects and experiments.

Get organized!

I dream of being the ultraorganized mom. I am not there yet, but I do have many helpful things I have done to make it through the busy school year and the many work projects I complete throughout the year. Going back to school with some organization in place will make everything so much easier as you move through the long winter months.

Keep them active

If children do not have some form of physical activity each day, they go a little crazy. You can just tell within five minutes of their arrival home from school that today must have been an indoor recess day! Keep them active during the break, too. Sometimes the weather is not so conducive, but there are so many options today. Peruse the Groupon and LivingSocial sites and pick up deals on indoor trampoline places, skating, and other indoor activities. You could also simply enjoy what winter has

*Keep a file box for each child. Keep important papers inside and place a monthly calendar page on the front to mark important deadlines/ events related to that child and their schedule.

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*Keep a family calendar. I use the dry erase variety. I mark all important family events, appointments, activities, days off, school late start days, and everything else that would slip my

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Multiplicity Winter 2014  

Multiplicity's Winter issue complete with features including seasonal affective disorder, parenting resolutions, cutting the budget, getting...

Multiplicity Winter 2014  

Multiplicity's Winter issue complete with features including seasonal affective disorder, parenting resolutions, cutting the budget, getting...

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