Sundays are a free day; a day in which there are no scheduled classes or activities. If you were to visit, you would see the high schoolers and young teens lounging around in their rooms or watching TV, more than likely in a trance staring at their phones.
While the zombie apocolipse is happening in the teen world, the younger kids look forward to Sunday with great anticipation for a different reason. Sunday is the “play game” day! The one day of the week which is reserved for playing our mismatched bundle of iPad, leap pads and old iPhones full of educational (and I admit, a few brainless) games.
The kids must finish some chores in order to play. This could consist of cleaning up the main property of rubbish, sweeping the long sidewalk, or clearing leaves and sticks from the playground. With many eager kids, the work doesn’t take long.
On one Sunday, the kids deep cleaned the family room.
Another Sunday they cleaned the play ground. We had a big storm and some dead branches fell. The kids climbed the tree to shake down some smaller ones that were close to falling.
After the work is finished, the necessary tools of the trade are reddied, namely a list of the kids in order to track who has played, a timer to track their 20 minute intervals, and coffee-so I can try to keep up with their energy level.
Whilst the chosen few are playing the games indoors or out,
the others wait out their time putting together puzzles, colouring, and playing non-electronic games.
And there is always someone watching the timer in anticipation of their turn one more…
We hope to welcome volunteers to share our Sunday as soon as we can!