One of the most important things that JJ had to do tonight was study for his Early American History test. After a day of sitting in school with no gym class, I really wanted him to get some exercise, too. The more I thought about it, I realized there was no reason we couldn't combine the two tasks. I just had to use a little creativity.
I had JJ review his study guide while I tackled some other items on the evening's To Do List. Then we got in the car and headed for the gym. Thankfully a basketball hoop was open. While JJ warmed up, I set the ground rules.
1) For every Free Throw that JJ missed I would ask him a question from the study guide.
2) If he got the answer right, he attempted another shot.
3) If he got the answer wrong he had to do five jumping jacks and the question would be asked again later.
4) For every five questions that he missed, he had to run a suicide drill.
JJ made lots of baskets - but not all of them! After getting several questions right, he missed one. I think I surprised him when I actually made him do the jumping jacks!
When we got to the last question, JJ had missed four questions. If he got the last one wrong, he'd have to run . . . no suicide drill for JJ tonight!
By the end of our study session, JJ had answered all of the questions on the study guide correctly AND had broken a sweat. And I had crossed two things off of our To Do List.