Hi there! This is Yetta.
You might remember Mom writing about “saying goodbye”to one of my brothers who was headed off to Basic Training… well, 8 weeks later, today, he is done! Dad and Mom both went to watch him graduate.
Like most days, the kids all started out with school. They did their math. They practiced their reading. And all the other classes they were suppose to… hopefully they didn’t take advantage of me not exactly knowing what all is expected of them. ;) I have always found that the days go pretty well as long as the kids are busy. However, by the time they have been up from quiet reading time for about 45 minutes playing outside, they come in and ask the question: “what should we do?” Does this happen in every home? Do your kids [think] they run out of things to do?
Oh, well… today, I was ready for the question!! I was sitting at my computer returning a few emails when the first one came in ready for ideas.
First, was the painting party. I gave each of the kids a piece of paper. I already had paints and brushes set up on a big tray, so sent them all outside to the front yard to paint pictures! It actually lasted a good full hour and they painted some great pictures!
Shortly after they had everything cleaned up, before they even asked!…. I set up the tennis tournament. It was great, because everyone got to play. And again, it lasted for a long time. Yay for a beautiful day to be outside!
The yonger kids enjoyed riding bikes while watching.
And finally, at the end of a fun busy day the house always needs a little straightening up. I love “the-five-minute-clean-up”. So do the kids!
It works like this:
1. I give short assignments: vaccum the floor/ dust the living room/ clean the entry way/ empty the dishwasher/ fold a basket of clothes – always some thing that take about 5 minutes for them to do together.
3. Repeat 1 & 2 until house is tidy!