Today I want to share with you an idea the was developed from a conversation with our doctor. It was just a passing comment a while back during a well child check up. Nothing prompted it but as part of the conversation, she mentioned making sure the kids take breaks during school time. I had not been making a conscientious effort to do that but her comment stuck with me. We were not having problems or behavior issues. We were not dealing with health issues. But the comment stuck. And the more I thought about it, the more I determined to do something about it. The Break Bucket was my solution.
After every 30-45 minutes or after a couple of assignments, I ask the child to go get a stick from the Break Bucket. This is a cup that we love but has a crack in it, so it can’t hold liquid. It is filled with popsicle sticks on which I wrote a movement intensive activity and a time duration, if needed. The sticks are writing side down to start so the girls cannot see what they are picking. The child doesn’t get to go shopping in the bucket but rather has to take whatever stick is pulled. They then get to do the activity on the stick. After completing the activity, they turn it writing side up in the cup and go back to their next item of work. That’s it.
The activities I chose to write on the sticks are:
- jump rope for 8 minutes
- 15 push ups
- stretch for 10 minutes (my girls have dance stretches to do)
- playground for 15 minutes
- jump like a frog for 3 minutes
- crab walk around the kitchen, living room, and dining room
- 25 cherry pickers
- dance for 10 minutes
- run to the rocks (our playground across the street has a big pile of rocks at the back of it)
- 30 jumping jacks
- play outside for 15 minutes
- WiiFit for 15 minutes
- scooter or bike for 15 minutes
After implementing this, I saw an improvement in cooperation, cheerfulness, and general work ethic. Nothing major but just being able to take regular breaks and do something to get the blood pumping really energizes them. Brains work better and so do hearts.
What do you do to encourage activity during school hours?
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