What do you do when one child finishes her work before the others? Not just on a daily basis but also for the school year? We have one child who gets up before everyone else and starts immediately on her work and we have another who drags her feet out of bed and works slowly through the day. It's no surprise that the early riser is also finished with her work for the year and the other is still trudging through. Our family has scheduled a time in our homeschool day called "Choose Your Own Adventure." During that time, the kids get to choose from a list of activities that changes according to our needs. For example, two of the girls are in a play and so rehearsal time has been added into CYOA for now. The list is always posted on the white board. It is a typed list inside a page protector. Seasonal activities are added using a dry erase marker so they can be removed when necessary. The kids who need to finish school work do it during the morning CYOA time. In the afternoon, everyone gets CYOA time. There are a few guidelines for CYOA. Because I strictly limit screen time, each child only gets 30 minutes total each day between the wii and computer. Also, I ask that if they chose a sedentary activity in the morning, the they choose something more active for the afternoon and vice versa. So far, the kids have been responsible in their choices and greatly enjoyed choosing their own adventures.
Here are some items that have been on our list: card-making, sewing, baking, reading, correspondence, art projects, music, board games, outdoor play, playing on the wii fit, playing educational games on the computer, pottery, scrapbooking, rearranging bedrooms, science experiments, water play, play-dough, dress up, dog training, coloring pages, crafts, foreign language, drama practice, sudoko, word searches, crossword puzzles, and Bible study.