Summer officially starts tomorrow if you follow that on the calendar BUT the change of schedule happened for us at the first of June—no more school until August! When our girls were little I would make schedules and plan our days- Make it Monday, Reading Wednesdays and so on. But our girls are now both teenagers (eekkk!) and our schedules are all over the place. Even my schedule was crazy these last two weeks as I was presenting at conferences, leading professional development (pd) and getting my own credits for pd.
I still was trying to figure out how to get our girls doing some things that don’t come naturally to them when they make their own to-do lists each day. My goal was to get them doing the things that I would usually harp on them about doing but without the harping! Then it hit me…
Duh Becki—you share with teachers the importance of voice and choice in the classroom, how is that not different at home? One easy way to do this in the classroom is to use choice boards that I always say are “teacher directed and kid approved”. The teacher sets up the tasks but the students get to choose what they do on the board. So I sat down and created a choice board for our girls. I used the Tic-Tac-Toe grid but it is four in a row rather than 3. I set the board up working to make sure in each row and diagonal there were a variety of tasks: reading, creating, intrapersonal, active and yes…some math practice too!
I rolled it out tonight and it was received as well as anything with teenagers can be received 🙂 There were a few moans about some of the tasks and I expected that. My response was “you don’t have to do that one—it is up to you.” That is the beauty, the tasks are there and if they want some extra spending money is is theirs for the taking.
I will have to come back and update at the end of the summer to let you know the reality of the plan.
I posted a template below—try it at your house if you would like!
Enjoy your family—hope your summer is made in the shade,