Nord Anglia Education
Country Day School
10 December, 2021

Words from Primary, 10.12.2021

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Mrs. Ariel Weissburg

Primary Principal

Dear Families, 

Ariel Weissburg

We had an amazing semester, full of cultural experiences, community building activities, and hands-on learning. Our early childhood concert was a beautiful way to start the holiday season! Our elementary school holiday concert and gift parade will be meaningful ways for us to close the year as a school community. We also look forward to the opportunities that next semester will bring. 

As you start to think about plans for winter vacation, I encourage you to integrate some reading and writing activities into your plans. I’m sharing some ideas that may interest the whole family and I’d love to hear from you over the vacation, if you try any of the activities! 

As our first semester comes to a close, I wish you a happy holiday and restful vacation! 


Winter Break Literacy Ideas


Family Reading Time

Create a special time for your family to snuggle up and enjoy a read-aloud. Children of all ages can appreciate a well-written picture book, and chapter books can be enjoyed by most ages if they are read with emotion and in short chunks. Next week is a perfect opportunity to stock up on books to read with family as we have Winter Break Book Checkout. More experienced readers can take turns reading to family members. For e-books, check out Epic, which has a great library of children’s e-books in a variety of genres and languages. 

Travel Journal 

Whether traveling through Costa Rica or to a wintry place abroad, travel journals are a great way for children to record their experiences. Children can use a plain notebook to write and draw about places they visit, friends and family members they get to see, and new experiences. The travel journal templatetravel journal picture page, or 2-page travel journal can be printed for more structure or guidance to help children start their writing process. 

Creative Writing 

These video writing prompts by teacher and author John Spencer encourage creativity by inviting children to write about exciting topics, such as spies and ninjas, inventing a dream class, or discovering a magical movie theater. Some prompts tackle opinion writing on questions about technology or junk food. For a screen-free experience, you can download transcripts of the writing prompts here

Family Game Night

Playing board games as a family can help you enjoy some fun together over the holidays while working on reading skills in the process. Some examples of games that have a reading, spelling, or storytelling component are Tall Tales, Scrabble, Boggle, Sequence Letters, and Scattergories. These games are sure to help your child discover that learning can be fun and are perfect ways to make memories during winter break!

Write Letters

Invite your child to hand-write thank-you notes to relatives and friends for any gifts they may have received during the holidays or write a blurb for your family’s holiday card “year in review.” Beginning writers write their name on thank-you cards or use add beginning letters to label their drawings. Children of all ages can get creative and draw a design on the letter or card to make this learning activity even more fun!

Cook or Bake Holiday Recipes

Holiday cooking or baking can be a great reading activity if you have your child read the recipe out loud. Depending on your child’s age, interest, and skill level, ask them to read recipes out loud as you complete each step, or invite them to read and cook under your supervision at the same time. Teach them any words they don’t recognize – all while they learn new recipes and develop new skills they can use for years to come. 

Nature Writing

Whether you travel to the beach or the snowy slopes, young children can practice writing in nature as a sensory experience. Have your child use sticks or plant stems to draw, write their name, or leave secret messages in the sand, the snow, or the forest floor. 

Storytelling with Found Objects

Join your child to retell a favorite story, or invite them to create an original story, using found objects, such as paper tubes, pebbles, pencils, bottle caps, and ribbon to represent characters and setting elements. How To Tell A Story With Found Objects from The Storytelling Centre has ideas and a short video example to help you get started. 

Podcasts for the Road

These podcasts can allow your child to enjoy stories wherever they are. Listen together and discuss each person’s favorite parts of the story, which character is most like you, and how you would each change the ending to a story. 

  • Journey with Story: Folktales and Fairy Tales from around the world. Also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

  • Story Pirates: Original stories, written and submitted by children, re-enacted by professional storytellers. Also available on Spotify.

  • Stories Podcast: Bedtime stories for all ages. Also available on iTunes and Spotify.

  • Six Minutes Podcast: Exciting stories told in 6 minute chapters, ideal for ages 6-11. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and Spotify.

  • The Spanish Experiment: A collection of classics retold by native Spanish speakers. 

  • KidsListen: A free, ad-free podcast app designed specifically for children, with kid-safe content. Available on the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

General Updates


  • Our Second through fifth grade holiday concert is on December 14th. Details about live streaming were sent in a separate email. 

  • Children may wear winter or holiday themed tops, non uniform bottoms, and accessories on Friday, December 17th.

  • Friday, December 17th is a half day for students. Dismissal is at noon. 

  • Our second swimming unit will start for 2nd-5th grade students when we return from vacation. 

  • Winter Break Book Checkout: 

    • The Library will be open next week for children to check out books over the break.! In order for your child to check out, you will need to email permission with your child’s name and class to .

    • Children in EC-3rd grade can check out a total of 10 books.

    • Children in Grades 4-5 can check out a total of 6 books.

  • This was the final week of after school activities for Primary students. There are no after school activities next week.