Break Bucket – Back to Homeschool

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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.

Break Bucket

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.

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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

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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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4 thoughts on “Break Bucket – Back to Homeschool

  1. cristischwamb August 12, 2015 at 12:29 am Reply

    I love this idea! I’m off to find some popsicle sticks to make our own break bucket.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 12, 2015 at 11:12 am Reply

      If you add anything different as far as activities go, Christi, I’d love to know. I was trying to think of some new things the other day and was coming up blank!

  2. Michelle August 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Well, if you have pets, why not a pet break? Play with your _____ for 15 minutes. More of a quiet break but sometimes we need those too… Or on a mini-trampoline. Or a mini-course – set colored pillows or small bean bags or other markers around the house & they must run around & tag them. See who’s the fastest!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm Reply

      I love these ideas, especially the mini-course! I think I’ll add it to ours. Unfortunately, our dog passed away a couple of summers ago and we still miss him. That is a fantastic idea if you have a pet! Thanks for sharing those ideas.

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