As a homeschooling parent, I know how difficulty it is to keep your child focused. I find myself always telling my son “Get back to work.” He really hasn’t mastered that “independent working” thing too well yet (we’re working on it!). Do you ever feel like you are constantly nagging your child to get back on task? My son is diagnosed with ADHD and has a difficult time focusing for long periods of time. I have found a great solution that works for him and for me (win-win!). I have created a fun way to engage in brain breaks or transitions from subject to subject when you child just needs a quick break.
We have regularly scheduled brain breaks that give us both a chance to relax and step back from the academics a bit. These breaks also allow us to collaborate on something other than school work (a break we both look forward to).
Each brain break lasts for 15 minutes. We set a timer to keep the transitions back to our work as smooth as possible. Tyler chooses 3-4 clothespins each day from the rim of a cup without peeking. Once he selects the pins, he can read what he’s doing for that day’s brain breaks.
The greatest part of this activity is the surprise of finding out what activities we will do for the day. This adds to the excitement of the brain breaks.
For the most part, I will allow him to choose the order in which he uses the clothespins throughout the day. We like to keep the clothespins near him during working time as a reminder that he has something to look forward to.
When it’s time for a break (usually after finishing up one subject or a designated time) he will let me know which one of the clothespins he wants to use. During transition he can “cash out” and use one of his clothespins. Some of his favorite brain breaks are catching (and releasing) lizards, swimming and playing with Legos. There’s even a FREE pin where he gets to choose the brain break activity! He’s always on the hunt for one of those.
So, if you’re looking for a way to transition, take brain breaks or just want to have a little fun during the homeschooling day, try this an let me know how it goes!