Home Schooling – Week 1 Activities

We survived our first week of home schooling!  Although I have been a teacher for 12 years, home schooling my own children is a whole different ball game; I would have been lying if I didn’t say I was incredibly nervous!  Choosing to home school is one thing (and a decision I completely understand), having it thrust upon you out of the blue was certainly a shock!  That being said, we had a great first week.

I had a lot of requests to post what we have been up to, and the activities we have been doing.  So here is a rundown of our first week of home schooling;

(Note: my children are almost 3 and almost 5 years old, so this is directed to both of their learning.  Our eldest is able to read, but I am following the standard scheme for this age group to ensure she has no gaps in her understanding for literacy as I was not made aware of what they had covered in school up until this point.  Any activities that are above our youngest’s ability level due to her age; she is given colouring/drawing and free play activities to do instead).

Monday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Ch sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Finger Counting (see images below).  I drew around the girls’ hands on coloured card, we then cut out and stuck them onto white paper.  On the bottom half of the white paper, I had written down a mixture of basic addition and subtraction questions.  Using the fingers on the cut out hands, our eldest could complete the addition and subtraction questions.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Scooter/bike ride.

11:30 – 12:00  Free play – in/outdoors, child led (children decide what they want to do).

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Planting carrots, radish and spring onions.  My mother had picked up a Grow Your Own Look and See Vegetable Garden kit from B&M.  I couldn’t see this on their website, so this may be something that is only available in store.  We had previously bought some compost (this can be picked up in supermarkets).  This was very quick and easy to do, and will be something we watch over the coming weeks/months.  We then watched some videos of carrots, radish and spring onions growing on Youtube.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Make our window rainbows.  This has become a worldwide trend.  Families make rainbows to stick up in the window; children from the neighborhood then hunt out rainbows whilst on their walks.  To see ours, click on the Home Schooling Highlights on my Instagram.

3:30 – 4:30  Outdoor play – in the garden.  Child led.

4:30 – 5:30  Family game timeKerPlunk

Tuesday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Sh sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Ordering numbers 1 – 20 using number cards.  We ordered from 1 to 20, and 20 down to 1.  I then placed these into number order removing some of the cards.  Our eldest then needed to fill in the blanks.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Chalk games outside (see the images below).  I drew various games for our girls to play on – Follow lines, jump line, throw targets, hope scotch, etc.  We live on a quiet estate, and due to the lockdown, very few cars are on the road.  I spread these games out across the pavement and road outside our house.  We played for a good hour together before coming back in.

11:30 – 12:00  Free play – in/outdoors, child led (children decide what they want to do).

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Construction using wooden building blocks.  I printed cards of various small towers using wooden building blocks – The girls were then challenged to recreate the towers from these images.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Bake cupcakes.

3:30 – 4:30  Outdoor play – in the garden.  Child led.

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – Movie of their choice.

Wednesday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Th sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Addition and subtraction using counting dinosaurs. I wrote down a list of 14 basic addition and subtraction questions.  Our eldest then used the counting dinosaurs to count up the final answers.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Yoga – Cosmic Kids Yoga in the garden.  We started in the garden, but eventually moved indoors due to the reflection of the sunlight on the screen.

11:30 – 12:00  Free play – in/outdoors, child led (children decide what they want to do).

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Food dyeing plants and leaves.  We picked flowers from our garden, and gathered some vegetable leaves from our fridge.  We then placed the stems/base of the flowers/leaves in some water that has been coloured using food dye.  This can take a couple of days before any noticeable changes can be seen.  Because this is a relatively short activity, we watched some videos of flower dyeing on Youtube.

2:15 – 3:15  CreatePlay doh – child led creations.

3:30 – 4:30  Outdoor play – in the garden.  Child led.

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – Pictionary.  Because the girls are so young, Greg and I draw the pictures for the girls to guess.

Thursday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Recap Ch, Sh, and Th sounds

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Pattern formations – looking for the odd one out.  We have a range of wipes clean books.  We used one that we picked up from the Works a while back.  You can Google Early Year’s odd one out sheets to print.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Walk- We were very fortunate to have incredible weather, so we decided to walk in the local neighborhood and spot the rainbows that people had put in their windows.

11:30 – 12:00  Free play – in/outdoors, child led (children decide what they want to do).

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Leaves.  We collected various leaves from our garden.  We have several trees and lots of bushes in our garden; so we collected a variety of leaves.  We looked at the different colours, textures and structures of the leaves.  We then used crayons and plain printer paper to do leaf rubbings.

2:15 – 3:15  Create -Leaf printing.  Using the leaves we had collected, we painted and printed them.  This quickly turned into just painting pictures of their own choice, and a whole lot of mess!

3:30 – 4:30  Outdoor play – in the garden.  Child led. We had initially scheduled this as time to call grandparents, but due to their availability, we had free play instead.

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – Puzzles.

Friday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Ch, Sh and Th handwriting practice. Due to our eldest being 4, I do not make her sit for long periods of time practicing her handwriting.  These are short and snappy practices – I usually get her to do five of each with breaks in between).

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – How many?  I again took some activities from our wipe clean books.  Our eldest had to look through a series of pictures and count how many different items she could see.  If you don’t have any of these books, you can look out the window, or in any picture books and get them to count different things.

10:30 – 11:30  STEM – Construction – the girls built different towers as tall as they good, looking at what works and didn’t, and why.  We used our tub of wooden blocks to do this.

12:30 – Onwards – Forest walk.  We took an early lunch because it was Friday and decided to go for a walk at a nearby forest.  We mostly spent the time walking as the girls were a little grumpy due to waking from naps prematurely.  We looked at different animal footprints in the mud, as well as different animal poop!

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Food dyeing plants and leaves.  Pick flowers from the garden, and gather celery, and cabbage leaves.  Place stems/base in water that has been coloured using food dye.  This can take a couple of days before any noticeable changes can be seen.  We watched some videos of flower dyeing. on Youtube.

Any extra time – Movie time with popcorn.

This is just a quick overview of what we had been doing – to see this is more detail, make sure you follow my Instagram account where I post up our activities throughout each day.

If you’re home schooling too, I hope it is all going well.  If you have any questions, or there is anything you’d like to see, pop a comment below or on my latest Instagram post.

Elisabeth

 

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