The kids love that Friday is math free. We use most of the day penning creative stories loosely based on our curriculum. I taped down large pieces of paper, brought out the colored pens and gave them some general ideas to build on. Molly built a whole little geometric world filled with shape people and Oliver wrote about the village in "Starry Night" turning it into Starry Town's annual foot race with the greedy Ravenwood family expecting to defeat the community once again. I want them to do all their own attempts at spelling so we know what to work on. This also enables them to just let their creative ideas flow. Our Fridays are for writing, dreaming, creating and exploring. After they've finished their stories, then we can work on mechanics.