Home Schooling – Week 5 Activities

It feels very surreal to think we have been home for over five weeks already.  As the weeks are going on, our routine is becoming more and more relaxed.  I am trying to pace myself; but it is difficult to know how to, when we don’t know how long this lockdown is likely to last.

I’m finding our eldest is starting to have days when she is less motivated with the literacy and numeracy work; she does it, but there are some eye rolls and sighs when the work is handed to her!  However, the girls are really enjoying all of the STEM, PE and creative sessions; they are the highlights of our day.

We have spent the past couple of weeks learning to tell the time; our eldest has done really well with this, but we have decided to move on from this next week.  I want to keep things exciting, so I think a little change is needed.  We have also spent just over a week focusing on the human body for our STEM sessions; the girls have really enjoyed this, so we will likely spend another few days wrapping this up.  (To see what we have done so far, check out my Home School and Home Sch 2 highlights on Instagram).

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 – ure sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Time dominoes.  Each domino had a digital time on one end, and an analogue time on the other. We included o’clock, half past, 1/4 past and 1/4 to times in the set.  Our eldest would then match up the dominoes until all had been placed into a loop.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Keep it moving (see my Instagram Home Sch 2 highlights).  This is essentially a PE board game.  You roll the dice; wherever your piece lands, you do that exercise.  The girls really enjoyed this activity; it felt like more of a game than exercise.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Looking at our rib cage and its function (see the images below).  We looked at the heart and lungs last week, and briefly mentioned the rib cage and its function.  We decided to look at this in a bit more detail.  I pre-printed a set of lungs and heart for the girls to colour in.  We then created our rib cage using an A3 piece of white card.  Once we had stuck the ribs together at the back, and the girls had coloured in their heart and lungs; we placed them inside the rib cage and stuck them down.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – We created our own x-ray images.  I pre-printed an x-ray image of a hand to show the girls.  Before we started the craft, we watched a short kids’ video about x-rays on Youtube.  Using black card, white paint, and q tips; we created our own x-rays.  I painted the girl’s hands white and printed these onto the black card.  We then set them aside to dry.  Once dry, we cut up q tips into smaller pieces; using the print out x-ray image, we placed the q tips onto the hands.  We used a glue gun to secure these into place.

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 – er sound

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Time spinners.  I create a couple of time spinners; each segment had a 1/4 past or 1/4 to time on it.  Our eldest would spin the spinner and then set the time on the training clock.  We took it in turns to have a go.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Bike and scooter play 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 – Digestive system (see images below).  As with many of our human body STEM activities, we started off looking through the Usbourne human body book.  We focused on the digestive system, talking about the journey our food takes from consumption, to excretion.  We then watched a video by Kids Health on the digestive system – the girls have really enjoyed the Chloe and the Nerb series.  Using some plain t-shirts and sharpie pens, we created our own digestive t-shirts.  Handy hint; place a piece of card or a chopping board between the layers to catch any of the ink that bleeds through.  I sketched this out using pencil first, and then went over the lines with a sharpie.  For our youngest, I wrote the names of the different organs on her t-shirt; for our eldest, I left them blank so she could tell us what they were.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Planting flowers (see my Instagram Home Sch 2 highlights).  We acquired a number of the McDonald’s Mr Men and Little Miss cups; if you’ve seen them, you’ll know they are not the most practical drinking vessel, so we decided to turn them into flower pots.  My parents had collected a number of the Marks and Spencer Little Garden seedling kits, which they sent to us through the post; we decided to use these in the cups as they were the perfect size.

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 – We played the roll and spell game.  This is a great game for all primary ages.  You have a mat with 6 columns (one for each face of the dice); in each column, there are a number of images which represent a word that needs spelling.  You take it in turns to roll the dice and spell a word.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Continuing with time. We played with the Galt  Tell The Time Set.  We have played with this game quite a few times, so our eldest is becoming very confident with it.  It is a great game to play, but also a great teaching tool.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Spin and move (see images below).  I printed off two blank spinners; for one spinner, I labelled each segment with predominately cardio type activities; counting to 30 whilst running, frog jumps, jumping jacks, stand up sit down etc.  The other spinner consisted of balance activities and creating alphabet shapes.  We did this all together as a family and alternated between spinners.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Organ placement (see images below).  Whether your child is 5 or 15, this is a great activity to do.  To begin with, we drew around our eldest; the girls then had to place all of the organs in the correct location on the body.  I pulled out a number of books that showed the human anatomy; the girls then used these for reference if they got stuck.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Coffee filter butterflies (see the images below).  These are a nice easy craft for younger children.  All you need is a set of white coffee filters (round or coned – we used the coned style ones), and some felt tips.  The girls went wild colouring in their coffee filters, before we sprayed them with water.  Once sprayed, the colours bleed into each other, creating a tie dye style design.  Set them aside and allow them to dry.  If you are using the coned filters, leave the filter in its cone shape when decorating and spraying; once the colours have bled together, cut the sealed edges and lay it out flat to dry.  We painted some wooden pegs, attached the antenna using pipe cleaners and a pair of googly eyes.  We used two filters to create each butterfly; one for the top half of the wings, the other for the lower half of the wings.

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

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

Thursday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Roll and spell game.  We played the same game as we had done on Wednesday; this time, the mat focused on different sounds.  Each column contained different images to the previous day, so our eldest was spelling different words.  The possibilities for this game are endless; each mat can tailored to be completely different.  Whether your child is early years or at the upper end of primary school; this is a nice alternative to the standard spelling activities.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Drawing clock faces from digital times.  Because we are moving on from time next week, I wanted to recap what we had covered.  I printed off a sheet with blank clocks; I then wrote times digitally next to them.  Our eldest then drew on the hands, so the clock faces matched the digital times.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Pirate game.  This is essentially a game of tick, but with a twist.  I absolutely loved this game as a child; we played it a lot in the gym with all of the gym equipment.  We don’t have balance beams, crash mats, vaults or bars at home; so we play it with cushions, furniture and blankets.  All cushions and blankets are laid out across the floor of the living room and hallway.  The girls take it in turn to be the pirate (person who is on), they have to chase each other as you would when playing tick; but you can’t touch the floor!  If you touch the floor, the sharks will eat you!  I love joining in with this game; it is great fun.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – The five senses (see images below). We briefly discussed the five senses and their role; I then pulled up some educational videos related to the senses for the girls to watch.  The girls then created their sense flowers.  Each flower had a different sense in the centre; sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.  The petals had images relating to the different senses.  The girls then matched the petals to the correct senses.  It provided good opportunities to discuss the overlapping of senses, and decide which was the dominant sense in that situation.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Newspaper sharks (see images below).  Using some dark blue, light blue, black and white card, and some newspaper, we created our sharks.

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – movie night.

Friday

9:00 – 9:30  English – Roll and spell.  We played this game as we had done for the previous two days; this mat consisted of different image to the previous mats used.  We again took it in turns to spell each word.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Final time recap (see my Instagram Home Sch 2 highlights).  I printed off a number of digital times; I then placed these upside down on the table.  Using the training clock, our eldest would turn over a card and set the time.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – by request from the girls, we played the pirate game again!

12:30 – 1:15  Kids’ Church Zoom lesson–  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.

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – How the hand moves (see the images below).  We discussed the structure of our hands using a number of books.  We looked at the bones and the role of the ligaments and tendons.  The girls are too young to fully grasp this concept, so we created our own movable hand to demonstrate it.  We used coloured card, paper straws, some string and a glue gun.  I drew around my hand and both of the girls’ hands. We then pre-folded where the joints lie.  We then cut the paper straws into small parts and stuck them down onto the hands with a glue gun.  Make sure you leave ample space between each straw part to allow the fingers to bend fully; if they are too close, the finger movements will be limited.  I then set the girls off to play for a bit whilst I fed the string through each straw part.  Once the string had been fed through, I secured the top end using a glue gun.  The girls had great fun pulling on the strings, watching the fingers curl in.  Videos of this can be found in my Home Sch 2 highlights on Instagram.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Paper plate crowns (see images below).  I gave the girls a couple of paper plates each; they decorated these with their own fabulous designs.  Depending on how much mess you can tolerate at this point; you can decorate these with crayons, pens, paint, glitter, gems, sequins etc.  We just stuck with crayon… I’d had enough mess for one week!  Once they have finished their designs, you cut the centre into segments and fold upwards to create the spiked crown.

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – I bought some inflatable gladiator poles from the supermarket; we spent a good amount of time chasing each other with them in the garden, getting our lockdown frustrations out!!

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

Week 4 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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