Home Schooling – Week 2 Activities

Week 2, done!  In general, it has been a pretty good week; we’ve played lots, crafted, continued with our literacy and maths learning, and enjoyed doing lots of STEM projects.  Although most of the week has been fun and enjoyable, there have been some challenges too.  The weather took a turn, and although it hasn’t been too wet; the girls haven’t been as keen to be outside.  The novelty of home schooling has also begun to wear off for our youngest (she will be 3 in May); resulting in the terrible two’s rearing their head a little again!  Our youngest has also decided to drop her nap; which is resulting in her being overtired at night and somewhat grumpy in the afternoon; if she naps, she is too awake to sleep at night!  I think we will be riding this wave for a little while.  On top of this, both of our girls are tag teaming waking throughout the night!  Needless to say, I was pretty tired by Friday!

That being said, we have still had a lot of fun.  We are enjoying having all four of us home (although Greg is working from his office in another part of the house); and we feel very fortunate that we are all able to be home during this period.  If you’re on the front line, thank you for all you are doing – we are incredibly grateful for your service and sacrifices. 

Over the coming weeks, I will be posting in more detail about many of our crafts and activities.  For now, here is a rundown of our second week;

(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 – ng sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Halving and Doubling.  Using a halving mat (see images below), our eldest placed a set number of dinosaurs in the large box; she then split them evenly between the two smaller boxes.  Once the dinosaurs had been split between the two boxes, she counted up how many were in each group.  We briefly talked about what would happen if we had one dinosaur left over.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – French Boules.  I had recently purchased a set of boules from Primark (these can usually be picked up from supermarkets during the build up to the summer months).  We played with them on/off for about 15-20 minutes in total.  The rest of the time was spent free playing in the garden.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Rainbow food dye experiment (see images below).  This is a great quick and easy experiment for all ages.  We used four cups of water, each with a different food dye in; we placed each end of the kitchen towel strips into a different glass.  We topped each glass up with extra water to speed up the process.  As the paper towel absorbs the water, the food dye moves up and meets in the middle with the opposing colour.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Bake cookies.

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

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

Tuesday

9:00 – 9:30  English – ai sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Ladybug halving (see images below).  I printed off an image of a blank ladybug.  Using buttons, our eldest split the buttons between both wings.  She then counted how many buttons were on each wing.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Football in the garden.  I had recently purchase a blow up goal for the girls to play with during the lockdown.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Comparing lengths, which is longer? (see images below)  I printed off 24 blank name tags with colourful borders.  In the centre of each tag I placed a comparison question using items around our house; for example, Which is longer… 6 dinosaurs or a fork?  Which is longer… The dining room chair or the princess castle?  Which is longer… you or the fluffy mat?  I would then ask the girls to decide which they felt was the longest, prior to us checking.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Bubble paint butterflies (see images below). Using bubble solution, a splash of dish soap and food colouring, we created a bubble print transfer effect.  I cut out several blank butterflies, using plain white card.  I then mixed the bubble solution, dish soap and food colouring together (be generous with the food colouring for a more vibrant colour); once the solution had been mixed, I blew bubbles using a reusable straw.  We then placed the card butterflies on top of the bubbles/solution.

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game timePop Up Puppy

Wednesday

9:00 – 9:30  English – ee sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Doubling using butterflies (see images below). Our eldest knows what double 3 is, or 5; but I want to make sure she fully understands the concept of doubling.  I printed ten plain butterflies and cut these out.  I got my eldest to dot on one side of the butterfly with paint, then fold it in half so the dots printed onto the other wing.  We then counted up how many dots there were after we had doubled the amount.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Learning to skip, using a skipping rope.  This didn’t last for too long, so the girls played in the garden for the rest of the time.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Parts of a flower (see images below).  We discussed the parts of a flower and what their roles were. Using craft materials, we created our own flowers.  We made sure our flowers had petals, leaves a stem and roots.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Hand/footprint flowers.  I painted the girls’ hands and feet; printing them onto card, we turned their prints into flowers.  For other examples of hand and footprint designs, check out this post.

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – Princess movie night.  The girls get to pick a movie and princess dresses.

Thursday

9:00 – 9:30  English – igh sound.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Doubling using a mirror.  To consolidate our eldest’s understanding, we used a mirror as another way to show doubling.  Using the dinosaurs mentioned in last week’s post; we placed a set number in front of the mirror and then counted how many there were altogether.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Joe Wick PE lesson on Youtube.  Handy hint; if you tell them he can see them, they do it properly!

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Comparing weights (see images below).  Using the cake board from Greg’s birthday cake, a cylindrical wooden block from the girls’ building block set and six wooden Popsicle sticks; we created a make shift balancing scale.  The girls picked different small items that they wanted to compare, placing one on each end of the board. (for more examples of this, check out my Instagram page – Home School highlights.

2:15 – 3:15  Create -Tie dye t-shirts.  I am a huge fan of tie dye, so I was pretty excited to do this one!  I bought a tie dye kit from Argos and several plain white t-shirts from Primark.  We bound up the different t-shirts using different methods.  The girls then poured the dye over each section.  We left these for 18 hours before rinsing and then washing them.  I was only intending to do this activity once, but have subsequently bought a further two kits – we had a lot of fun!

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

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

Friday

9:00 – 9:30  English – ai, ee, igh, and ng  recap and 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 – Double and halving game.  I printed off a double/halving mat for our eldest to race around.  Each box had a command; half of six, double five, half of 18 etc.  For any questions that were tricky, she used the dinosaurs to help work out the answer.

10:30 – 11:30  Free play– in/outdoors, child led (children decide what they want to do).

11:30 – 12:00– Kid’s church group session on Zoom.  Our church has started up a children’s group on Zoom whilst churches are closed.  Both of our girls joined the fun little 30 minute session on Zoom.

1:15 – Onwards  Forest Walk– We spent our afternoon walking in the forest, climbing trees and enjoying the sun as it returned after a dull week!

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.  To see what we did last week, click here.

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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