I have a six year old who loves school…. the only thing is that when we finish all I have planned for the day, he wants more. It’s a good problem to have, but the fact is… come afternoon, I am worn out! I am ready for the kids to play quietly and the toddler to nap so I can put my feet up for a while. I don’t want to quench his thirst for learning, but I don’t want him to rely on me for all of his entertainment and educational needs. I now have a folder and section of our school shelf for when I hear “what else are we going to do today?”

Here are a few of my extra activities for those days when the kids just can’t seem to get enough:

I cut up some letters from magazines, cereal boxes, circulars, etc. and keep them in a little container on the shelf. These can be pulled out and used to make words… spelling words, sight words, random words, etc.

Also…

Sort the letters. Put all the Bs together, Cs together, etc. Big Sis can do this one too.

Other ideas for using these letters… make a letter collage, write a letter to a friend using the cut out letters, make labels for things in the house, etc.

Every now and then, the dollar section at Target has some great school stuff. I try to stock up on the workbooks when I see them. They also have some of these at Walmart…

With big brother being able to read, I can just let him grab a workbook and do some on his own. I really like the story starter book. I don’t know about you, but trying to get my little guy to write is like pulling teeth. He has great ideas, but doesn’t like to take the time to write them out. This book is full of silly pictures. He has to make up the story to go with the picture. So far, so good with this one. He hasn’t complained once!

Other ideas for “what else are we going to do” and for rainy day activities include:

puzzles– the kids have some puzzles in their rooms that they can get any time they want, but I have a few that I reserve for just such an occassion

sorting– I have a huge box of buttons (you can get bags of assorted buttons at any craft store for pretty cheap)… my kids love to take the button box and some muffin tins to sort them. After they sort them, they usually pretend that they are baking exotic muffins. I also have a bag of assorted pasta they like to sort.

reading– Big Brother likes to take a good book out on the front porch by himself and read

scavenger hunt– send them outside with a list of nature items to collect… then let them draw pictures of what they’ve found… rainy day… give them a list of things to find inside.

I have also found some great web sites with free printables… like mazes, cross word puzzles, word searches and riddles that keep them busy for a little while. One such site is www.superteacherworksheets.com.

How about you? What kinds of extra things do you keep around for your kids that just can’t seem to get enough school?

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What Else Are We Going To Do

5 thoughts on “What Else Are We Going To Do

  • October 19, 2011 at 11:19 am
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    I admire anyone who can make homeschooling work. I thought about doing it pretty seriously for awhile, but came to the conclusion that I just don’t have what it takes.
    As for your son– according to most of the training that I had as a teacher, when kids are learning to write it is similar to the frustration that they experience when they are learning to speak– the ideas in their head, all of the things that they want to communicate, are moving so much more quickly than their ability to make them clear. His head is filled with stories and ideas, but his skill at writing can’t even begin to capture it all as quickly as he would like. It takes practice, of course, but I was taught to write kids ideas for them, to transcribe their words while they draw out their ideas and to encourage them to label objects or people. Gradually, you can coax them to add more and more words. Eventually they will begin to write on their own.
    That is what I do with my 4-year old at home. We collaborate on what are almost like comic books, his art and my captions.
    Thanks for this view into your world! I have a lot to learn from moms like you!

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    • October 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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      thanks for stopping by and for the encouragement! good reminder about how kids develop with their writing.

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  • October 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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    I always love extra ideas!! My kids love doing school =-) THanks for linking up to Living Life Intentionally Linky Party! ~Beth

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  • October 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm
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    Found your blog form LLI LInky Party. I wish my daughter wanted extra work!!! ENoy it.

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  • October 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm
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    Thanks for stopping by Meditations for the Heart and taking the time to comment on the campfire snack post! I’m so glad you can use the idea! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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