I have bought two of the Brain Quest (I use the 2nd grade ones, though the ones pictured below are for the 4th grade) quizzes for Baab to learn something new at home. The 1st grade version of the quizzes I used quite frequently at his school bus stop while we were waiting for the school bus to arrive. However, since the bus route got taken over by a different driver, we have not had as much time to practice his quiz skills, because this driver comes about 10 minutes earlier and those 10 minutes are pretty crucial (and we are unable to get to the bus stop in time to have available free time).
Over the last few days, however, Baab and Katya have both been waking up early enough, and so I have taken the brain quest with me a few times recently to the bus stop. On Friday, a couple of other students – also waiting for the bus – sidled up to us while I was asking questions and acted like they were interested in participating. To cut a long story short, by the time the bus arrived this morning (too soon for all of us), there were five kids answering questions by turn. It was fun to ask one of the dudes a question and have three others raising their hands wanting to answer!
So, the bus leaves, and one of the other parents compliments me for getting the kids to stop monkeying around – the driver had recently complained to him that his son was running around on the sidewalk when the bus arrived – and I was glad that I was able to get the kids interested in the quizzes instead of jumping around and chasing each other.