We love games at our house. We have more than 30, I guess. And I'm always looking for more! I find them at thrift stores and discounters. I always take advantage of Toys 'R' Us' buy one get one free game-sale. We LOVE games!
A few weeks ago, my youngest son began his day by marching to the living room and pulling out four games he wanted to play. I wish you could have seen his amazed face when I said we would put aside my lesson plans for the day and have a game day!
We spent the next four hours playing games. As a matter of fact, we may have played LONGER than four hours! We played card games and board games and even some games that we made. We ate our breakfast and our lunch around a game board. It was a really fun day and we covered at least five subjects with all the games we played. Even if we had only covered one subject, it would have been worth it because of the smiles and laughter contained in our kitchen that day.
After our pleasant game day, I announced that the boys could select one game day a month. It would be their choosing, so they must choose wisely. If they picked the first day in October, then there would be no more game-day until November. So, one morning this week, the boys awoke and announced that it was game day. As promised, I set aside my plans and we picked the games for the day. Luckily, Daddy came home early and played the last game with us which gave us an added bonus to game day. There was one game I asked to play, Lucky 13, which is a new card game we all really enjoy (I'll blog about that later), but otherwise, the boys were in control of the day, picking the games, setting them up and getting us started.
I am so grateful for the game day idea. When you're a child, you have very little control over your day-to-day operations. That must be frustrating some days. Now, I'm not saying that we should always let our children do whatever they want so that they can exercise control. Giving them one day a month of their choosing, however, blesses them. I could see that the boys were blessed to be in control of our day.
And lessons were covered. There was lots of reading and writing (language arts), math, and geography (mapping and geography questions from a game we have) in the games we chose to play.
Do you need a break but still want to "get a day in"? Would you like to learn with your children but have it be 100% enjoyable? Let them choose a game day! You will be blessed and so will they!