I work at a school age center and we are open this year until June 20. (At which time I am transitioning to a different job.)
I need advice because both myself and my co-worker are BURNT OUT
We have two full months to go and both of us are simply exhausted from the day to day grind. The kids and their behavior is awful and I can fess up to the fact that most days I feel like i'm too tired to care. We still uphold our in-room behavior plan but one of the main problems with the company I work for is that no matter how awful the kids act, there really are no long-term consequences besides a write-up on a sheet of paper that no one will ever see. Lately we have done nothing extra outside of homework time and outside time. (No extra games, activities, etc.)
As crazy as this sounds, our group of kids doesn't care for doing art projects. They all attend a really great school and by the time they arrive to our care they are "over it" in terms of guided activities. Also my end of year budget is very low. At the beginning of the year I was able to hold their interest but it has become almost impossible lately. It is also difficult to entertain an age range of kids from 5-11 and to find something the older kids don't think is "for little kids."
Most days I am dragging myself to work. Yes, I love these kids and yes we have good moments-but for the most part, I just feel bogged down and a little depressed.
Does anyone have any advice for how I can turn the next two months around to be more positive for everyone?