I have one of those kids who is constantly asking me, “what can we do now.” While I may eventually respond with some variation of “figure it out – you’re too creative to be bored for long,” Miss D is only 4.5, and already gets to practice self-entertaining for a decent chunk (1.5-2 hours) most afternoons during her quiet time. So I’m still working our old whiteboard method – throwing up a bunch of ideas, some technically “academic” and many less obviously so. Sometimes I throw up stuff for myself, and we trade off, her stuff versus Mommy stuff like laundry or baking. Other days I just work my stuff in naturally anyway.
We cross activities out as Miss D picks different things to do, and the other day, as she spontaneously marked through something we’d just done, I realized we were probably working in some reading practice as we went. Otherwise, how would she have known which to cross off?