This summer I learned:
It's VERY important to be first player on the Wii.
We had several, and I mean several, days where the big boys would fight and squabble over being first player. They would argue, call names, and be loud enough to keep the babies from napping. I began shutting down the Wii at nap time if I heard any bickering.
I don't regret it either.
The boys naturally gravitated towards legos, the outdoors, or crafting. As school approached, I encouraged them to review math facts and hone in on their writing skills. I dug out the old basal's from back in the day and started training.
I did meet a little resistance after I asked the boys to write their first and last names. An 8 year old boy cried into his folded arms on the kitchen table for over an hour. He bawled about "daydreams" and more. I picked my battle and decided to let his parents deal with it.
Here is what an 8 year old put together during one of those afternoon sessions when Mario was banned. He delved right into a mini assignment. He wrote, directed, and starred in his own production. It's entertaining and very short.
Pop your popcorn before watching, you might miss it...