Our early release schedule means that I have kids for just 30 minutes and will see them the next day we are in school for their entire 50 minutes. Last Friday (12/19) we used our early release schedule to account for our school sing along and the winter parties. So kids in library specials had a day of choice and they loved it! Through our Genius Hour philosophy the kids always have a choice but they still really love an extra choice day.
I try to set out different experiences each time, so this time the kids could...use the Sphero robotic balls, learn with OSMO, build with Legos, K'Nex, or TinkerToys, play a variety of games of logic, coding on the ipads, or play chess with a friend.
The kids tell me those 30 minutes are the fastest minutes ever!