Home Schooling – Week 6 Activities

Another week done!  I think “Are we there yet?” is the correct expression!  It has been a roller coaster week; the education side of things has been no problem, but dealing with the endless uncertainty that naturally comes with this virus has at times been a challenge.

We have been locked in our house for almost 7 weeks; apart from a couple of trips to the forest in the first two weeks, we’ve not left the house.  It is safe to say that we all have cabin fever!  With my husband still working, all responsibilities fall down to me; and I definitely started to feel the pinch.

That being said, it has been a very enjoyable week.  The days seem to pass very quickly, and the girls’ curiosity is endless; there isn’t anything that they aren’t willing to learn about.  I do hope this curiosity continues as they grow older.

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 – We have finished and secured all of our phase 3 and 4 sounds, and reading those sounds within words.  We spent this session recapping all sound and recapping all sight words that we have covered so far.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Pancake addition (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  After spending the past couple of weeks focusing on time, we have now moved back to addition and subtraction.  For this activity, I cut out 20 circles using brown paper.  Each circle had an addition question on one side, and the answer on the reverse.  When our eldest answered the question, she then flipped the pancake over to see if she had answered it correctly.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Alphabet with your body (see images below).  This is great for all ages, especially if you are doing this with several children who can work together.  The girls were given a letter from the alphabet that they had to create using their bodies; they could either do this individually, or together as a pair.  The older they are, the more creative they get; especially if they are working in pairs or a group.  Because our youngest isn’t quite three yet; I showed a letter card to help her.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – The eyes (see images below).  As we have done for most of our human body STEM lessons; we began with the Usbourne Human Body book.  We then watched a video on Youtube by Kid’s Health about the eye.  After we had watched the video, we created our own blinking origami eyes.  The girls coloured in the iris for each of their origami eyes, and then chased each other around with them!

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Alien spaceships (see images below).  Using coloured card, popsicle sticks and googly eyes, we created our little aliens in their spaceships.

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 – Because we have finished our phase 3 and 4 sounds, we will continue to recap these over the coming two to three weeks to ensure these are fully consolidated.  We recapped all phase three sounds using sound cards, and then recapped all sight words we have covered so far.  We will introduce a new sight word each week.  For this week, our new sight word is time.  We then played a game of sight word dominoes (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  Instead of dots, each end had a common sight word for our eldest to match up.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Flower addition (see images below).  Each flower centre has a number on it; the petals have an addition question.  Our eldest would work out the answer to each question on the petal and place it around the correct flower centre.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Create the numbers 1 – 20 using your body.  Like we had done with the alphabet, the girls create the numbers 1 to 20 using their bodies.  They could either do this on their own, or together.  It is a great giggle and interesting to see their thought processes for each number.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – How our ears work (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  We looked through the Ubsbourne Human Body book, and then watched a video by Kid’s Health on Youtube about how the ear works.  It is very hard for children to grasp the concept of sound waves because they are invisible to the eye, so I showed them the effect of sound waves instead.  Using a cup, a balloon, a few grains of rice and my phone; I was able to demonstrate the effect of sound waves.  I chopped the end of the balloon off and stretched it over the top of the glass.  I then placed a few grains of rice on the balloon surface.  Hovering my phone over the surface of the balloon, we played some songs with a strong base.  The sound waves cause the balloon to vibrate, which causes the rice to bounce up and down.  Although you can’t see the waves, it is fun to see how the waves make the balloon vibrate, like our ear drum.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – New rainbows for our windows (see my Instagram Home Sch 2 highlights).  Our original rainbows faded in the sun, we then replaced them with sun catcher Easter eggs.  Using coloured card, we created our new rainbows to hang in the window.

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 recapped all phase 3 and 4 sounds, and the sight words covered.  Our eldest did a small amount of handwriting practice using some Disney handwriting worksheets that I had pulled from the internet.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Frog addition (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  This activity consisted of frogs and lily pads.  Each lily pad had a number printed on it; each frog had an addition question.  Our eldest then matched the frogs with their lily pads.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Target ball game (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  This is great for all ages.  We use ball pit balls and any box/basket we can find.  I mask out a box for the girls to stand in, and they attempt to throw the balls into the baskets.  I sit at the other end of the kitchen, rolling the missed balls back to them.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Teeth (see the images below).  I decided to make this the last human body topic.  We looked through a couple of our human body books, looking at the teeth.  We briefly talked about some of the different teeth and their roles.  We then watched a couple of short kids’ videos on Youtube related to the teeth.  We did two different activities for this session.  For the first, I printed two blank teeth and laminated these.  I then drew on them with a board pen for the girls to clean off with tooth brushes.  For the second, I cut the base of a pop bottle off and painted it white.  I then filled the grooves with play-doh for the girls to clean off using some play-doh tools.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Art explosion books (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  If you’re looking to send a card to friends and family whilst everyone is locked down, this is a great option.

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 – We recapped all phase 3 and 4 sounds, as well as all of the common sight words that we have covered so far.  Our main activity was to decode some sentences (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  I had printed a series of coded sentences; each letter was replaced with an image.  Our eldest had to write down the sound that each image began with.  This then formed a sentence for her to read.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Post-it maths (see images below).  This is a really quick and easy activity to set up.  Using a large sheet of paper, write numbers randomly on this.  Each number has a corresponding post-it note; on this note is an addition question.  Our eldest would calculate the answer, and then stick the post-it note over the appropriate number.

10:30 – 11:30  Music – Keyboard.  For this session, I allowed the girls to play freely; letting them explore the different keys and the sound they made.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – We have moved onto creatures under the sea.  We decided to kick start this off with fish and how they breath.  We looked at different types of fish, and how they differ in shape, colour and size.  We then created our own fish tank using paper plates and card (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Pasta butterflies (see my Home Sch 2 Instagram highlights).  This was a nice little activity to do with the girls, but I may regret it down the line when we run out of pasta and can’t pick anymore up from the supermarket!  Using bow pasta, the girls painted and decorated these.  We sat them aside to dry before sticking them onto white card and finishing all other decorations.

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 – We recapped all phase 3 and 4 sounds, as well as all of the common sight words that we have covered so far.  Our eldest did a small amount of handwriting practice using some Disney handwriting worksheets that I had pulled from the internet.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Estimating number placement along a number line.  Using number cards 1 – 20, our eldest placed them on a masked out number line on the floor.  Our eldest can count up to and down from 20 with no issues, but I wanted to check her understanding of place value.  She was handed numbers randomly from 1 – 20 and would estimate their placement on the number line; we discussed why she selected each placement and made any adjustments if needed.

10:30 – 11:30  PE – Parachute game with balls.  We picked up a parachute from Asda recently.  Using pit balls, we played various games.

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 – Turtles (for our STEM craft, check out my Home Sch 2 highlights on Instagram).  Continuing on with our under the sea theme, we focused on turtles.  We looked at the key features of turtles and discussed the different types.  We then watched a video on Youtube by Nat Geo Kids about turtles.  Using seashells, paint, card and some googly eyes, we made our own turtles.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – We ended the week the best way possible; we baked cakes!

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

4:30 – 5:30  Family game time – We ate cakes and watched a movie.

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

Week 5 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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