Debby,Debby3 wrote:I am thinking over our past year and am realizing that our afternoons have been mostly playtime (nothing wrong with that). But, I've heard many times from my dc, "I'm bored," "There's nothing to do." Because the Hazells have scheduled things to be completed by early afternoon, we have our afternoons free. Sometimes we use it to spend time with friends, but there are a lot of days where there is nothing "scheduled".
I was wondering what some of you do during your afternoons to keep the kids productive. Some idle time is good, but too much gets them into trouble with each other. These can be great shepherding moments, I know. I'm not looking to fill every minute of their day, but am just looking to possibly do some activities of their own. Any ideas would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance!
I think the "big picture" goal is to have your family spend the afternoon on things that involve character & missions, as well as family (from relationships to chores to small business). We have occasionally brought a cake over to a church funeral, made bookmarks for someone going on a mission trip, & the like. I think the Hazell children have created & sold greeting cards for missions, and had a shoebox drive for Samaritan's purse.
In the short-term, since ds has not really reached the level of independent work on missions, I often make a list on the marker board of acceptable choices. I make it clear that free time during school hours is to be spent on enriching our lives & the lives of others: piano, reading, learning games, games we made in MFW, bike rides, room cleaning & small chores, Spanish video, history-related videos, math drill, writing letters, finishing an art project, going to the library, and of course anything to help others. I could make a longer list, if you need more ideas :o)
Frankly, we have not set aside as much free time at our house as we should have (a goal for next year!). Our free hours thus far have often been used up by activities involving co-op, field trips & follow-up studies, holiday themes, reading those books we wanted to get to, getting in more Spanish study, and so on.
But if I found us unproductive a lot of afternoons, I would probably add a purposeful study of something practical, such as banking, cooking, typing, or manners.