Friday, January 30, 2009

Activity Time

So, I've introduced a number of new things into our daily routine since the new year. I'll probably remember to share them one at a time. I've given a glimpse of how we are pursuing passions around here (and I'll add more to that as well), but today I am unveiling Activity Time.

Activity time happens when the formal school work is done and before free time. The older kids have to read for 30 minutes on their own every day and it's up to them whether activity time comes first or not.

Activity Time is when the kids have to choose something off the approved list to play or do. It can be games, activity kits, marble runs, wedgits, snap circuits, Lincoln logs, legos, crafts, etc. It lasts for one hour. It can share time with pursuing passions. It can be extra silent reading time. It does not include video gaming or any kind of screen time.

The current craze is Bananagrams- sometimes E10 plays alone and sometimes R8 joins him. Actually, word games are played nearly everyday here and R8 is becoming a contender. So cool.

Sounds a little much? Well it is working out just great! The idea was to add on to their formal day with some productive activity. I find the kids make better choices with their free time with this plan.

It provides productive time for the kids and big brothers make less poor choices in their relationships with their siblings. I'm just sayin'.
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Your dh said...

For those wondering from the Bananagrams picture what an en is, it is the short dash, and an em is a long dash. This info was from Grandma, a Scrabble maniac.

Amber said...

This is a great idea! I have been wanting to do something like this for awhile, but couldn't figure out how to do it! I will schedule it! Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Heather - you amaze me. I really enjoy your all you ideas.