Warmer weather is here and it certainly feels like spring has arrived a few weeks early. Many Oklahoma schools and colleges will be observing spring break March 16 through 20. While not all local school boards include a spring break in their adopted calendar, most still do.
The last thing boys and girls have on their minds during spring break is studying; but, there are many fun, learning activities that families can do together, whether on the road or at home
Events and happenings nearby or far away can be found on the internet, such as those at www.wimgo.com or on the Oklahoma Department of Tourism’s Web site www.travelok.com. Interesting getaways and activities from all corners of our state are listed – some close to your home.In these economic times, a new trend has started called “staycation.”
That’s taking time off, but staying at home while enjoying day trips to area attractions. Spring Break activities don’t have to be costly or travel intensive. Here are just a few examples:
· Your local library has much going on and you can checkout a book or two. Some locations have scheduled activities for boys and girls that week.
· Local museums, state parks, nature and community centers and historical sites provide hours of fun educational family time, many with Spring Break specials.
· Plant a spring garden. Children get excited about watching the progress of the garden and may be more willing to eat healthy food they helped plant.
· Quality time can be spent making a scrapbook with pictures and mementos from school projects, family activities or trips. This family fun project provides a keepsake that can be treasured.
· Even your neighborhood park or playground provides fun with other children and much-needed exercise, with adult supervision and weather permitting, of course.
· Children can help boost their writing skills by starting a journal about what they did during Spring Break; they could even write a letter to a friend or family member far away.
Some parents will be unable to take time off work during Spring Break, but children old enough to stay home alone can be given activities that encourage reading, writing and exercising.
Remind them of safety precautions when adults are not home.
Here’s to a safe, fun and educational spring break for all!
- Sandy Garrett, state schools superintendent