Winter break activities 

Learning tools are available for elementary school parents during winter intersession.

December 14, 2009

Winter break is a great time for students to relax, regroup and spend quality time with family and friends. That doesn’t mean however that learning should stop. Keeping your child’s mind active and busy with learning games can help keep their mind stimulated and prepared for school once second semester begins.


One guide is now available for elementary school parents looking for ideas on how to mix fun with education during the two-week break.


The Intersession Toolkit, written by DePaul University and the Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Urban Education, is a resource book that includes activity guides for vocabulary, math, reading and writing, as well as online resources and learning opportunities at Chicago Museums, Parks and Libraries.


The resources are free, are provided in English and Spanish, and are labeled by grade level.  Students may spend 1-3 hours a day during intersession working on these materials. 


Access the toolkit online or pick it up from the CPS Teaching and Learning department, 125 S. Clark St., 5th floor.


For more information, contact Teaching and Learning at (773) 535-8080 or email



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Article written by C. Payton.