I saw the link up for "Friday Fun School" at Ben & Me recently and figured that it is right up our alley for this year's school plan. So far, I have our weeks planned so that we can accomplish all of our lessons in four days, and have the fifth day of the week available for a "fun day," "field trip day," or a "Mommy needs to catch up and/or have a break" day. I think most weeks, this will fit in on a Friday, but if something comes up on some other day, I am flexible and will rearrange things.
Some ideas the kids have had so far for our "Fun Fridays" include:
1. Experiments (preferably messy or explosive ones, they say)
2. Long nature walk or bike ride to the beach
3. Visit Nanny and Poppy
4. Play dates with friends
5. Trips to the library
6. Field trip to a park with a picnic
7. Field Trip to a museum
9. Exploring our local area using our guidebook
10. Build a tree house
11. Dress up day
12. 4-H day (this will be every other Friday starting in September)
13. Movie day with homemade pizza
14. Read books all day
15. Go to Chick-fil-a (really, Cowboy came up with that one)
16. Play educational games all day (I added the "educational" part)
17. Craft/Art day
18. Educational video game day (again, I added the "educational" bit)
19. Lego day
20. Cooking day (with lots of chocolate and cookies!!)
I thought they did a pretty good job of brainstorming ideas, and this Friday, we gave it a trial run by mixing it up a bit.
Here is what we did (they did finish a few things up over the weekend, though):
I think they had fun. Don't you?
This one is Firefly's. She added the same elements (fake tree, grass, light, caterpillar), and executed them with skill for a three-year-old.
Cowboy also attended to the points on the red oak leaf, and added himself to the picture, very excited! The scale is a bit off, but I love how he even got the color of his shirt right (it was red day today, Ladybug's choice...I have all their shirts sorted by color and stored together and each child gets a day of the week to pick the color. It makes folding, sorting, and putting away the laundry a lot easier...also packing for trips is a breeze with this system. I keep all of the Rubbermaid drawers with their clothes in a special closet space in our bathroom, so they stay tidier than if they were in their room.)
During dinner, I finished reading them Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery (as planned earlier this week), and they are excited to pick up with the Egypt theme more formally again next week.
It was a FUN Friday!!
We also linked up to Read, Explore, Learn at JDaniel4sMom. Give it a try!