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Keeping Your Kids Learning on Extended Break

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 21:08:48-04

TULSA, Okla. — A Green Country teacher says being home with her three-year-old son gives her a special opportunity many parents will have over the next couple weeks.

Bonny Reibert is a McClure Elementary School special ed teacher, and she says the extended vacation is a good time to get in some extra learning for her child.

"You’ve got two to three weeks with your child to do those things that, ‘man, I wish I had time to do’, well guess what? You have time to do them now,” Reibert said.

At Tulsa Public Schools, there won’t be any formal instruction for the next two weeks. The transition for many parents from a one-week break to three weeks at home might not be easy. But Reibert says working out a schedule will help, especially for parents with younger children.

“I get the morning and the evening, and [Reibert's husband] gets the middle of the day. And then we tag team between 3:00 and 6:00,” Reibert said.

For older students, Reibert says the time can be a good opportunity for parents to teach real-life skills around the house.

"All the memes floating around Facebook like ‘AP Chores’ and ‘Honor Roll Dishes’ and things like that, those are funny but they’re real," Reibert said. "Give your kids a break to learn the real-life lessons."

Reibert says the week provides a special opportunity for at-home learning, like with optional learning materials. Tulsa Public Schools is handing out special materials at their grab-and-go locations, and also providing resources online.

"We do know that many families are anxious and wanting enrichment materials, materials to keep students engaged and learning, even while there isn’t formal instruction going on,” TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said.

TPS is also launching two regular week-day features on its Facebook page for elementary-aged children at home:

Monday – Friday at 11:30 a.m.: Recess with Rob Kaiser (physical education games and activities)

Monday – Friday at 2 p.m.: Daily Read-Alouds (community members reading books for students in grades pre-K-3)

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