We're all at home today- my husband, kids and I- because Winter Storm Hercules has shut everything down across at least 6 states. Living in New England, snow days are part and parcel of our winter life- but they're not what they used to be. Some schools in our region have started using "Blizzard Bags" (totes filled with activities and lessons prepared in the fall or winter in an effort to regain lost instructional time (and maybe prevent a school year that runs through the end of June). My husband and I are still working- even though our schools are officially closed today- so why shouldn't our kids? (You can read more about the whole Blizzard Bag concept- and how it's working- in this piece from New Hampshire Public Radio- http://tinyurl.com/k7kkqf8 )
I get the logic and it makes sense, I guess, but I'm still glad that my kids spent the day sledding, reading, (okay, and playing Minecraft) instead of slogging through worksheets or watching video lectures online.
What about you? If you're lucky (or unlucky) enough to live in blizzard country, how will you use your snow day(s)? How do you think the kids should use them?