Snow and cold temps won’t cancel school for some!

We have been snowed in for a few days and the local schools unexpectedly extended Christmas Break.  Here’s my response on the Kansas City Star Blog:

Snow and cold temps won’t cancel school for some

By Maggie Jackson, Kansas City Star Reader Advisory Panel

As several metro kids receive another day off due to freezing temperatures and snow, there are some who will not have the luxury of knowing about snow days. These kids will receive their lessons despite the weather.

They sit at their kitchen tables or bedroom desks sipping on hot cocoa or enjoying a bowl of snow ice cream while completing daily assignments between sled races. In some cases, those sled races and ice cream making opportunities become a part of their school lessons.

These are the same kids who attend frequent museum field trips on weekdays to compliment a recently learned concept. Their schooling is not considered traditional, but it works for the millions of children who are schooled at home.

 For homeschoolers, a “snow day” isn’t just another day to sit inside and read or complete math lessons. It becomes an opportunity to extend the learning process from the mundane to the WOW.

When children are younger, art is incorporated into the science of snow with snowflake cutouts while learning about Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley. Older children may pull out a microscope and learn about the science and geometry of crystals in relation to snowflakes.

Sure the kids may be disappointed about not receiving a day off, but despite the lack of snow days, many homeschooled children receive sunny days.

These are the days when the sun is shining, the grass is green and it’s just too nice to sit and do school work indoors. Instead, it is taken outside and completed between exploring expeditions.

However, the biggest plus side to no snow days, is the lack of make up days at the end of the school year.

 Submitted by MaggieJackson on January 7, 2010 – 1:37pm.


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