Being a former educator, I like to put my ideas into lesson plans. I can't help myself. It makes it so much easier to plug fun things into a day. It's not like we have to follow it to a t, but it's nice to look and see that recipe for clay and making ornaments that I really wanted them to try. My book looks like this:
My favorite are the writing prompts. In the book it says "writing prompts 1-5"...on a separate sheet, I have about 50 writing prompts, some I came up with, some I looked up online, some I asked them for. I then torture Happyboy (who loves to create a story but hates to actually write) by adding an option to give me a 10 page typewritten (double-spaced, I'm not THAT mean) report, with evidence, that will convince me that he shouldn't have to write at all this summer. I figure if he puts in that much effort he deserves to skip it.
Now, that might sound like I force the kids to do everything in my little book. Au contraire. This is the book I pull out when they say "I'm bored." Ok. You're bored. Great!!! I have writing prompts today! They'll either do it because they really are bored, or they'll go find something to do on their own! Either I get something fun to read, and "free" (this word has such a different meaning for parents) time, or they go find something to do and I don't have to hear "I'm bored!"
This week's writing prompts look like this: