This week we all struggled with motivation issues. We had become very spoiled by our lazy Christmas vacation time. We stayed up to late, slept in and had more jammy days than we did get dressed days. I’m all about being comfortable during learning time, but it also gives us a sense of entitlement to lounge when we are not dressed for the day. We will do better about grooming for the day next week. 🙂
As a result of our lack of motivation, I started searching for FUN ways to teach the kids. Most of the time, they didn’t even realize that it was education. This week the boys played a game of risk with Daddy. Risk is amazing for teaching logic, strategy and geography. I even logged 2 hours of learning time when they played it on Christmas Eve! While our boys played Risk, Kinsley and I had a tea party and talked about manners. You can never spend too much time reinforcing appropriate behavior, right?
The kids and I played a game of Farmopoly over a 3 day period. It is just like monopoly only farming. They really got into this. Jarrett was our banker, so he had plenty of practice making change. I think my best *idea* of the week was to take our fun electronic devices and turn them into educational tools. We all downloaded Words with Friends on our devices and had some pretty competitive games going all week. I did get caught on that one though, when Jarrett said, “why do I have to do my spelling lesson? I just did spelling with Words with Friends”.
I’m cracking down on them next week. On me too! I was just as bad about taking “breaks” during the day. As a result we finished our school work late into the afternoon a few of those days and no one enjoys that!
He called this his “winning look of a business man” and told me he really needs a fedora.
Playing words with friends.
Competitive game of Risk.
3 o’clock tea with mommy and furry friends.