Home Schooling – Week 4 Activities

I cannot believe we have been locked down for four weeks already; in general, it feels like it has flown.  However, I think we are all at the point where we wondering when things will return back to normal.  This week marked the second week of the Easter break.  We would normally spend our Easter break abroad with my in-laws, but like everyone else, we are home; the closest we are getting to the beach is watching Lilo and Stitch on the TV!

Although it is the Easter break, we decided to continue with the girls’ learning.  Our girls usually spend very little time in the house; when they are required to spend prolonged periods of time at home, they become frustrated; they are like caged animals!  All of our learning is designed to be fun and mostly done through play or physical activities; this way, it doesn’t feel like they are doing formal learning.  Our girls also have a big say in their learning; if they want extra play in the morning, we start our leaning later; if they want some chilled out quiet time rather than active outdoor play due to the weather, we put on a few episodes of Alphablocks, Numberblocks, Octonauts, or Go Jetters.

Here is a rundown of our week, and the activities we have done to keep busy;

(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 – ow sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Recapping time – hour and half past.  We played the roll and draw game (see images below); this is a game where there are clock faces around the board.  Each face represents a half past or hour time; in the centre of page, there are multiple blank clock faces.  You take it in turns to roll the dice – whatever time you land on, you draw it on the clocks in the centre of the page.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Target throw (see images below).  This is a game our girls absolutely love; it starts off nice and calm and ends in chaos – it’s brilliant!  We play the game indoors, mostly because it is easier to collect all of the balls back in!  I mask out a box on the kitchen floor, this is the spot the girls must stand in when playing the game.  I then place multiple, different sized boxes down the kitchen.  The girls are then given a bag of 30 pit balls.  They then attempt to throw the balls into the boxes.  I usually sit myself at the end of the kitchen, so I can throw/roll the balls back that have missed the boxes.  It is great fun for all; when Greg and I join in, we get very competitive… I usually win!

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Slingshot (see images below).  When it became apparent that this virus was serious and we were likely going to lockdown; I purchased a number of items to keep us busy – this was one of them.  I thought this could be turned into a fun science lesson.  We initially discussed what a slingshot was and when it would be used, and then spent time firing the balls that came in the set; we then moved onto firing items of their choice, looking at how each one flew and why.  I used masking tape to mark where each item landed so we could compare the distances.  We fired trainers, stuffed animals, socks, crumpled up paper, and anything else we could find.  Although it was a lot of fun, it got our eldest thinking about what things would likely fly the furthest and why.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Turning an egg box into cheese and mice.  I love crafts that involve transforming something into something else; we have done lots of these since the girls were very little.  They are very creative thinkers, and constantly ask to transform our recyclable rubbish into other things. You only need one small egg box to do this.  The tall centres in the middle of the box can be turned into mice.  Cut the tall centres out and paint them grey; once done, add ears (made from other parts of the egg box), and draw on their faces.  The egg box itself can be turned into the cheese; cut out several circles to mimic cheese with holes in and paint yellow.  The girls have had hours of fun playing with the egg box mice and cheese!

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – Movie night

Tuesday

9:00 – 9:30  English – oi sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Continuing with time. We played a game called spin and show (see Instagram Home School highlights).  I created two spinners, each with 10 segments, each segment had a different time written on it; I did one for o’clock and one for half past.  Our eldest would spin the spinner and then show the time on the training clock.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Assault course in the garden.  This filled a good amount of time before lunch.  You can use absolutely anything to create your own course; slides, chalk lines, Wendy houses, etc.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Kitchen roll rainbow.  (See Instagram Home Schooling highlights).  This is a quick and easy activity.  You need kitchen roll, two glasses of water, some felt tips, a paperclip and some string.  Cut the kitchen roll into a rainbow shape.  At both ends, colour vertical rainbow lines (approximately one inch in length).  Dip both ends into the cup of water and hang.  The paper towel absorbs the water, causing the colour to bleed upwards.  Because the water is moving against the force of gravity, it can be a slow process.  If you’re wanting a quicker version, check out the STEM activity from Monday,  Week 2.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Paper dolls.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, there is something very special about making paper dolls.  We read The Paper Dolls book by Julia Donaldson (a firm favourite for both girls) and then created our own.

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – board game of the girls’ choice.

Wednesday

9:00 – 9:30  English – ear sound.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Continuing with time.  Spin and cover game.  I printed off a sheet with lots of clock faces on showing o’clock and half past, I then created a corresponding spinner.  Our eldest would spin the spinner, whatever time it landed on, she crossed off the clock face on the printed sheet.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Football dribbling.  We don’t have cones, so we used shoes to map out where the girls needed to dribble the ball.  I showed the girls how to dribble the ball in and out of the cones and then left them to do it as and when they wanted, whilst they intermittently played 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 – The human body.  We are beginning a 2-3 week human body focus for our STEM activities.  We kicked started it off with our lungs (see images below).  The girls loved this activity.  We looked through the Usbourne Human body book, focusing solely on the lungs section.  Afterwards, we watched a short video on Youtube about our lungs by Kids Health.  The night before I had created a set of lungs using a large empty pop bottle, two silicone straws, two balloons, some sellotape and a paper cut out of the human torso. The girls were able to inflate and deflate the balloons in the bottle and see the concept of how our lungs inflate and deflate.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Bake a cake.

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – eat cake and play board games.

Thursday

9:00 – 9:30  English – air sound.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Time – o’clock and half past digitally and on a clock face.  I printed lots of blank clock faces; I would tell our eldest a time that was either o’clock or half past.  She would draw the time on the clock and then write it digitally next to it.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – We had lovely weather, so we decided to scrap our PE activity and just play in the sun as a family together.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – The Human Body – bones (see images below).  We looked at the Usbourne Human Body book before watching a video on Youtube byt Kids Health, about the bones in our body.  I then printed off a basic skeleton image for our girls to look at.  Using q tips, the girls mapped out their skeleton before we stuck it down.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Free painting session.  We got all of the paints out and went wild for a good hour!

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – Game of the girls’ choice

Friday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Recap sounds from the week 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 – Time.  We did the same activity that we had done on Thursday, before introducing quarter past to our eldest.

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

1:00 – 2:00– 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 30-40 minute session on Zoom.

2:15 – 3:15 STEM– The Human Body – heart (see images below).  I think this was the highlight of our week.  The girls have really enjoyed learning about how their bodies works.  We started off again with the Usbourne Human Body book, looking at the heart.  We then watched a video on Youtube by Kids Health about the heart.  Whilst the girls were having their church group session on Zoom, I finished setting up the heart.  Using various cups from the kitchen cupboards, some balloons, water with food dye and fish tank tubing; we set up a pumping heart.  I dyed the water red and blue to represent the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood.  We talked about the pathways of the blood and spent most of the time pushing the balloon lids to make the blood pump around the heart.

3:15 – 3:45 Create – homemade cinema sweet popcorn.

3:45 – 4:30 Free Play – in/outdoors, child led.

4:30 – 5:30 – 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.  Don’t forget to check out what we have done in previous weeks;

Week 1 Activities

Week 2 Activities

Week 3 Activities

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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