1. A time of the day that seems to be open regularly...10 o'clock works for us most of the time. Take into consideration bedtimes and meals as they both effect motivation and attention spans!
2. A bucket large enough to store several papers and books.
3. Items to place in the bucket:
*Summer reading list
*Books or magazines with appropriate reading levels...on reading level and ones just above for read alouds
*Teacher prepared summer packets
*Flash cards: sight words, letters, word phrases
*Graphic organizers for book reflections
*Journal for diary entries or correspondence
*Educational games such as Memory, Sight word Bingo or Boggle
*Store bought packets for appropriate grade levels
*Pointers (straws, pencils, popsicle sticks)
*dry erase board and markers
Once you have created your bucket, pull it out at your designated time of day. When I say, it's 10 o'clock bucket time, my kids know that they'll be working with something inside that bucket! Most of the time, we spend a half hour working with a few activities that they have chosen. We try to switch up the contents of the bucket weekly or biweekly. Give it a try and let me know what you think!