September 17, 2012

Video Game Day

Sometimes I get worn out with homeschooling.  I get tired of fighting with the kids (mainly 1) to do all their (his) work and sometimes I'm not feeling excited about homeschooling by the end of the day.

That's when I know it's time for a theme day.

I throw theme days in every now and then just to keep things enjoyable for me.  I usually go a website called holiday insights.  On this site, they have every strange holiday for the month listed. For example, did you know that today (September 17th) is constitution day, citizenship day, and National Apple Dumpling Day?  I try to find some fun looking days for us to take a break from the normal routine.

Last Wednesday, the website told me it was National Video Game Day.  I thought the boys would like that one, so we had a fun theme day.

Joshua woke up very excited to start his school work, because he knew somewhere during the day we would play video games.  We started with journaling. He wrote in his journal about his favorite video game and drew a picture.

For Joshua's math, I made up some video game word problems.

For Christopher, I made an easy to read story about Mario.

We also made a video game snack.  We spread frosting on a graham cracker and then added junior mint and mini m&m buttons and a starburst arrow pad that I cut with scissors to make our own edible wii remotes.

Joshua tried using his to play the wii.  Silly Boy.  

After snack we went outside for some physical education.  We played "Don't wake Bowser" in the backyard, a game we invented together.  The person who was Bowser stood by a tree with his back turned, holding a red bouncy ball.  The others went and tapped him on the shoulder, waking him up, at which point Bowser would give chase and try to tag someone with the red ball, aka "fireball".  Whoever was tagged with the fireball was Bowser next.

And of course, we played lots of video games together.  All in all, a very fun day.

Nathan especially loved playing "Just Dance Kids"

Of course, the kids don't really know whether or not it is the kind of day you say it is, so you could pretty much do any theme day any day that you like.

And just so you know, officially this coming wednesday (sept. 19th) is National Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Now that is one you do not want to miss.


  1. Fun ideas! My husband informed me that tomorrow was National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I'm working on my accent. :)

  2. What fun! Great way to take a break.

  3. Ahh I was not aware of this day. I think I should inform my kids about the Video game day and they surely will have the fun after getting the news.

    Adam Simpson

  4. Ok - this is a first for me and you got me grinning from ear to ear! What a fun day!


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