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Perspective, Change, and Finding Joy

🍎 I talk a lot about motivation- especially this year! In times with so much distraction around us, it is important to find ways to stay focused on those goals. This week, I want to provide you with a new way to motivate everyone in your family. Family game nights can be enormously beneficial in many ways. They can be a reward for finishing work during the day/week, or old school games like Boggle, Monopoly, and Scattergories can really challenge your children and teach them new things. Not to mention, family game nights provide bonding and emotional satisfaction for everyone, and they’re just so fun!

📒 On my Instagram, I always try to do a #TutorTipTuesday, and this week we are going to be discussing phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear different sounds within a word, and this skill can influence every part of a child’s literacy. These one-minute activities progress from easy to harder: [easier] identifying the first or last sound of the word, [medium] blending and segmenting sounds, and [harder] deleting and substitution sounds. Follow along on Instagram this Tuesday 12/8 where I showcase a “substitution” activity to help develop one of my second grade student’s phonemic awareness.

🎉 For this week's “Winning Wednesday,” I want to challenge you all to take time to write. This can be planning, scheduling, journaling, or just creative writing. Just take five to ten minutes on Wednesday to focus on this simple task, and see if you can use it to organize your thoughts, or actions for the remainder of the week. Involve your children in this as well and see if they can show you their literacy skills! This is part of “Winning Wednesday” because this action of writing down your goals or your plans, or even just your thoughts, makes them more concrete and places them in the forefront of your mind. Do this and see the impact on your actions during the week.

🕎 Thursday, December 10th, marks the first day of Hanukkah! Hanukkah is more than just giving and receiving gifts, but it is remembering the historical battle in which the underdog was able to obtain victory against evil. The lights on the Hanukkah menorah truly are a beautiful sight, especially when lit each night by adding on another. The symbolism is that more light, love, and kindness can truly brighten up someone’s day and consequently, their life. While we all come from different backgrounds in many aspects, I feel that learning and talking about different beliefs and religions is an important part of being a well rounded individual, and can overall create a better sense of respect between people. So, with the start of Hanukkah this week, I challenge you to look into the different religious holidays celebrated during the holiday season and talking about them with your children.

👀 As we delve further into December, and closer to the end of 2020, I have been thinking a lot about perspective. This year has been unprecedented chaos to say the least, but it is safe to say this year of challenge has brought about a plethora of change in perspective for many people. I encourage you to take this week to begin a practice of reflection. Reflect back on the day as well as how far you have come this year. Talk to family about how this year has changed your outlook on what is most important to you. I am going to be talking about this on my Instagram this week (@gennyofalltrades), and I’m going to talk about how my own perspectives have changed. Give me a follow and we can have a discussion there! Have an amazing week everyone!

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