Back to School after Winter Break Tips and Ideas

We wish everyone a happy and healthy return to school!

The first day back after winter break can be like the first day of school all over again. Some students will be tired, nervous, and some enthusiastic to share their winter tales. How do you get everyone back into a school routine after a long winter break? Here are a few ideas:

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CHILL WITH A BOOK: WINTER READING FUN

Check out these fun reading activities and book suggestions to keep students joyfully reading over winter break. A gift to students and their parents!

1.Winter Reading Bingo!

Winter break is the perfect time to cozy up with a book. Create a winter-reading bingo card or have students create their own. On the back of the card have students write what books warmed them up and what books gave them a chill.

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Gift Guide: Books for Every Reader on Your List

Books make the best gifts, but finding the perfect book for the reader on your list isn’t always easy! We’ve compiled our picks for readers of all kinds, including books to satisfy the teen who devours graphic novels, picture books for elementary-aged animal lovers, novels for action and adventure fans, and more! Check out our recommendations below highlighting new releases and old favorites you might have missed.

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READING DIVERSE BOOKS HELPS STUDENTS BUILD SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS

“In order to be effective, SEL must be equitable. In other words, it must be supportive, affirming, and beneficial for students of all cultures, backgrounds, and identities.”

Wallace Foundation

Each week we explore inclusive books and lessons that align with specific competencies using the CASEL Five. Last week we explored books and lessons that focus on SELF-AWARENESS. This week we look at books and activities that highlight: SOCIAL-AWARENESS–the ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

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