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#1 of 5 Old 07-06-2009, 07:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you do with summer vacation?

I am trying to decide what to do with the time that DS1 (5) spends doing workbooks during the school year. He needs something calm that he can do unsupervised as I am putting his sibs to bed and am not available. All he wants to do is play computer games, but I want to give him 30-minute activities or tasks he needs to do to earn the computer games.

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I guess I would let him do whatever holds his interest & he is willing to do independently -- unless you have a specific goal in mind? What about puzzles, maze books, or Legos? Hidden pictures? If he genuinely enjoys the workbooks, I wouldn't just stop b/c it is summer.
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Building materials? Klutz activity books? Modeling clay?

Five year old and working quietly and alone didn't really fly here .

It's computer, but what about BrainPop? We loooove brainpop here.

Mom to a teenager and a middle schooler.

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Building materials? Klutz activity books? Modeling clay?

Five year old and working quietly and alone didn't really fly here .

It's computer, but what about BrainPop? We loooove brainpop here.
The only things that reliably keep DS1 alone and quiet are computer games/video games and tv/movies. The workbooks work because I have reinforced the routine all through the school year. He won't read, craft, build things, etc. unless he decides to and he was balking at the workbooks last week (first week of summer vacation). I know that the workbooks he is currently working on are too easy for him, so he might just want more challenge.

I'll check out BrainPop, too. I may let him do the computer games while I am putting the LOs to bed. I do prefer to supervise his computer time pretty closely, but I just can't watch him while putting 3 out of control 2-year olds to bed. And the whole thing melts down completely if he is involved with bedtime for the LOs.

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Building materials? Klutz activity books? Modeling clay?

Five year old and working quietly and alone didn't really fly here .

It's computer, but what about BrainPop? We loooove brainpop here.
Oooo... thanks for the suggestion about brainpop.com!

That's a great site and I needed something like it!

Thanks.
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