We are all done with the snow, I know. I get it. I am, too. I look at my flip flops everyday and wipe away tears. But it seems like the good Lord is saying, “This is not Burger King and you can’t have it your way,” so let’s figure out what we’re going to do with our offspring today, shall we?
May I suggest Snow School? Remember when I said you should try Reader’s Workshop but that you should CALL it “Reader’s Workshop?” Same thing with Snow School. Don’t say you’re about to have school at home. Unless you’re a homeschooler, I just don’t think that’s going to work. However, call it “Snow School” and you’re golden. Here’s what you do:
Make a schedule. The trick to the Snow School schedule is to plan activities that allow you to SIT DOWN. The entire point of Snow School is not to get kids to learn, people. It’s so that you can STAY SANE. If the kids learn something, wonderful. But what’s more important is that you can check Facebook, drink coffee, and catch up on Scandal.
Things that keep kids busy:
Play-doh – I know it’s a mess to clean up but for Pete’s sake you guys, make it into a game. “Whoever can pick up the most Play-doh gets to run outside in the snow without clothes on.” Your floors will sparkle.
All Kids Network – Do yourself a favor and check this website out. Everything is free. More importantly, the worksheets and activities are excellent. We did weather worksheets:
We worked on St. Patrick’s Day activities (because, like a fool I thought two weeks ago, “Well this will be the last snow storm in March,” and printed out all the Irish stuff I could find. An aside – I LOVE the Irish. All of you. I want to be Irish.)
I told them it was interval training. They needed to climb this “mountain” of snow, stand up and yell, “ADRIENNE!!!!!” as loud as they could, then run back down before turning around and doing it again.
We had TV and computer game time, too. I may be holding out on getting an iPhone until Apple makes it with buttons I can actually push and not touch a screen, and I may be freaked out by the electronic way of reading books, but I totally embrace kids watching TV and playing computer games. It’s when I take my nap.
So we can totally do this, you guys! Snow day schmo day! Have yourself a Snow School Day! It’ll be fun! It’ll be great!
Now who wants to take care of my kids today? I have a lot to do.