Taking a break is wonderfully refreshing and essential, I might add, when you are working with kids. I’ve enjoyed my 2 weeks off for the holidays and hope you all have too but I am ready to get back at it! Over “vacation” I wrote letters of recommendation for two undergraduate students I have been mentoring and encouraging as they are headed to graduate school to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. I’m excited for them both as they are excellent candidates and passionate about pursuing a career to help those with disabilities be able to better communicate. It was interesting to see the credentials that colleges were interested in as they select their graduate students–creativity, leadership, writing and oral language proficiency, problem solving, research potential, and so on.
The best part about vacation was our tour of kids and grandkids, seeing everyone in their homes and playing lots of games, cooking up some meals at the play kitchen, reading books, visiting a gingerbread village, riding bikes (we had to go south for that!) and eating lots of Christmas cookies.
I hope you had a great break and are full of excitement and energy to work with kids or work for kids in creating great products to promote language development. Keep the ideas coming and Happy New Year.