Take the kids out to the barn and tell them to clean out the sheep pen.
Each kid got five scoops with the rake and then passed it on. Four didn't rake, they hauled the wheelbarrow out to the tree row. Adding the new straw happened in the evening.
In a quick and informal vote, more kids gave cleaning a thumbs up than today's reading lesson.
Something has to give when we do these special activities. Today I had to give up writing. But tomorrow we can write about cleaning out the pen. Perhaps we can write about a lamb. If s/he is ever born! We are getting very impatient.