Christmas Vacations in Review
We had a nice break even though it was somewhat marred by sickness. We all had colds - my husband started his first, then Smarty was sick for several days starting on Christmas Eve, then I picked it up and was sick for New Year Eve. Luckily, we planned for a very relaxed vacation time, so we still enjoyed getting up late, playing board games, building with LEGO, and watching movies. Sometimes Smarty did not even get dressed at all, and she loved the freedom of unstructured time. As she grows older, she craves more independence while still wanting a lot of time together. I am thinking of how to accommodate this pull and push during our after school time this year.
After School Plan for 2016
One of my main goals for this year is to teach Smarty to plan her own time. This is why I want to give her as much unstructured time as possible, but with certain restrictions - she will still have limits on playing computer games (30 minutes a day). I really want to support the goals she set to herself - to spend at least 15 minutes outside every day without counting her recess time in school and her walking time to and from school. She also committed to doing 15-20 minutes of math on Khan Academy every day and to practicing her trumpet, since she wants to make senior band next year. In addition, we plan to cook around the world together this year and learn a little bit about countries that we pick, and we also want to have a dedicated family game night every week and explore our extensive game collection beyond our favorite games. We hope that bonding over board games and cooking together will continue even when our daughter enters turbulent tween years - it's hard to believe that she will be 10 next October!
How do you spend after school time with your kids?