I have a favor to ask of you. I hate taking up a blog post just for a favor, so keep scrolling for a great management idea for keeping television watching to a minimum.
Okay, so first the favor. As you know, writing curricula provides the means for me to be able to homeschool my own children. God has really blessed me in this way and I love developing and writing products!
I sell products through Teacherspayteachers and the end of the first quarter is this Saturday. This the first quarter that I’ve sold there and I am hopeful that I will do well. I won’t get another royalty check until the end of December, so I’m scrambling this week to market any way I can think of. 🙂
My best seller on TpT are my Common Core Standards Posters (which includes Essential Questions Posters as well). If you are a teacher or know of anyone who is, would you mind please forwarding this information along to them.
Forty Five states in the US have adopted the Common Core for their schools! Most districts are requiring that teachers post these and the EQ’s in their rooms. I worked with an Instructional Specialist and several teachers in developing these posters.
I also have other products for various age-groups including my A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum (great for daycare or even church preschool), Reading is for Everyone (which was designed for beginning readers or reading remediation), Virtual Fieldtrips and some brand new Math Lessons like Rounding Over the Mountain and Island Hopping Rounding.
I would be so grateful and consider it a huge blessing if you would Pin, post, Facebook, Tweet, email, etc. this message. Here’s the direct link to my store on TpT. As a Thank You, I would like to send you something FREE. So, let me know what product you want…anything that I sell through TpT can be yours. Just email me to let me know you shared my TpT info.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Now on to the management idea I promised…
Recently, I gave my children a challenge. They are to see if they could go for a whole week without watching any TV. Well, the prize was $10, and I never dreamed either of them would actually be able to make it through the week! But, to my surprise, neither caved!! I had to fork out 10 bucks to each of them!
The point of the challenge was for them to find out that there were so many other things they could do besides watch TV! They spent more time outside, doing Art projects and crafts, playing together, reading, etc.
Once the week was up, I wanted to continue to limit their television viewing. I used some old tokens I had (but you can buy pirate coins from the Dollar Store). I used a Sharpie to write TV on them. I give the kids some each day and they have to turn one in for every 30 minute program they watch. (We actually don’t have satellite, but do have Netflix…so one show equals one token). I have placed a jar on the TV for collecting coins. You can give them as many or few tokens as you wish.
I plan to also use the tokens for occasional rewards…like for the cleanest room or when I catch them remembering to get their things out of the van without being reminded, etc.