I babysit on Fridays. A full day of 5 kids 6 and under. I realize that this is the daily reality for some families - wow - but not for me!! I am exhausted by the end of the day - and usually by the fighting and irritability of my own two kids rather than the additional three! Overall though, I do feel that it is a good experience for both groups of kids - like a super extended play date.
1. Before the extra kids arrived, we spent our Bible time reading about Noah in our Bible book.
2. After the kids arrived and were getting a bit bored, we spent some time doing a craft. Gluing faces on a pumpkin to make our own "jack-o-lanterns". We are not big into Halloween (actually, I am trying desperately to redeem the holiday rather than avoid it). So, we did the gluing craft - Adrianna made two pumpkins and Nate even got involved and COVERED his paper with glue! He's one messy kid!
Here's the template I used: Halloween Pumpkin Craft
3. Lunch time spurred a lengthy and involved discussion over healthy and unhealthy food. Each kid gave examples of protein, fats (good and bad), junk food, healthy food (ie: vegetables, fruit - listing a HUGE list of each!). It's these impromptu discussions that makes me really start to believe in "unschooling". Randomly, without any planning on my part, they just GOT it and I had a on-the-spot lesson on health and nutrition with all ears open. Wow.
4. Fun book times. Adrianna introduced the older two "guests" to her new favorite book - Richard Scarry's "Things that Go". All three older kids had a GREAT time trying to find Goldbug as well as following the story of Officer Flossy and Dingo Dog. What a wonderful book!
We also read If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss. While I found it long and wordy, the kids loved the imaginative characters and at the end got involved in naming their own imaginary animals. It would be a great follow up to get them to draw and name their own imaginary animal.
5. Of course, the day also consisted of plenty of time outside - usually fighting over the wagon. And, unfortunately, again - too much TV. By far my biggest struggle is getting the kids away from that thing!