Thursday, January 16, 2014

Going TV Free

First off: TV Free is probably unrealistic for most families, I know it is for mine. However, what I am focusing this post on, is going TV free during the day with children as much as possible.

That being said, being TV free takes patience, planning and time. I start my days off with the children by turning on some calm music on Pandora and having a craft ready. Having something organized to start the day helps them get into the mindset of meaningful work.

I make sure to offer lots of free play and outside time. Being outside is gravely important for all people, but especially children. We have become a very sedentary society and the simple act of going outside has become a chore. We go outside at least 30 minutes a day, preferably an hour or more. We also have several periods of Free Play throughout our day, as well as some structured activities like sensory play, crafts and kitchen activities.

Lastly, we read and listen to stories. The children have quiet periods throughout the day where the are expected to spend time quietly reading, drawing or listening to a story. I love SparkleStories.com but also recently discovered justbooksreadaloud.com that is also lovely (although some of the books are more mainstream like Dora). Some of our favorite stories to read right now include Winnie the Pooh, The Fairy and the New Year, and the Bunny and the Baby.

I hope this gives you some ideas for your family!

In Love and Light

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more on the importance of being outside. Sun exposure makes us happy for a reason. We're meant for it. :)

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