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Afterschooling Over Spring Break

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If you are a regular Teaching My Baby to Read reader than you will recognize this current get-up on my family room wall as being vaguely reminiscent of a system I used over Winter Break. The main idea is the same; give my son Bruce(7) a sense of control over his own day, schedule, and destiny, while at the same time eliminating all arguments about when he is allowed to watch TV or play on the computer.

In this latest incarnation of our token economy system, Bruce can earn “Bardsley Bucks” by doing a variety of activities. He stores the tickets in his piggy bank, and then places them in the appropriate envelope when he is ready to cash in.

Lest you think I am a slave driver, I need to mention that during Spring Break I give Bruce as much down-time as he would like. If he wants to spend the whole week in the backyard looking for worms, that’s fine by me. But if Bruce wants to play Wii Resort, then he can earn that privilege by playing Dreambox Math, working in his pink math book, doing a spelling lesson, playing Solve for X, writing a letter, cleaning his room, playing with his little sister, etc.

My mantra over vacation is “Give Bruce choices and keep Bruce busy.”


4 Comments

  1. Fairy Tale Mama says:

    Good job mama! Our spring break is next week and my fingers are crossed for good weather so I won’t have to worry about TV and computer time. I’m hoping to get to the zoo, the science museum, and the history museum because we have memberships so hopefully I’ll lock down three days right there. Maybe we can do the art museum too — ha ha! I’m just looking forward to some relaxing and healthy (we’ve all been sick lately) down time with the kids. 🙂

  2. jengod says:

    I LOVE your charts! Is he six now? I cannot imagine how much force of personality a six-year-old must have, just based on what I’m dealing with at two!

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