Home Schooling – Week 8 Activities

This week saw a lot of frustrations; frustrations related to the government announcement of the next steps; the lack of clarity related to these steps; and the confusion related to the youngest years being earmarked as the ones to return before the academic year is up.  Let’s be honest, social distancing four and five year old children is near impossible; you would have more luck herding a class of 30 cats!

Frustrations aside, we’ve has a jam packed week of activities and learning to keep us busy.  The girls are particularly enjoying learning about the world outside of the one they know.  Seeing this curiosity and interest grow, will shape how we travel in the future.

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 spent the start of this session recapping all sounds and sight words that we have covered so far.  Our eldest had a piece of work to complete from the school, so we did that during this session.  I then gave our eldest an image to write a sentence about, encouraging her to explore sentence formation (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Number bonds – 10 (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  For this activity, we used a deck of cards.  We placed all the cards (excluding the Ace, Jack, Queen and King cards) on the table; our eldest then matched the cards that make ten together. For example, a seven and a three.

10:30 – 11:30  PE–  We had initially planned to play football in the garden, but it was cold and windy, so the girls opted out of their PE activity.  Instead, we popped on a couple of episodes of Numberblocks.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Starfish (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights). The girls picked starfish as their next sea creature.  We looked at the key features, general structure, habitat, diet and different species.  We then watched a couple of short videos on YouTube by National Geographic.  We then created our own footprint starfish.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Celery printed, scaly fish (see images below).  I pre-printed some fish templates for the girls to decorate.  Using chopped up celery and paint, they printed their colourful scale designs.  The girls then free painted for the duration of the afternoon.

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 – 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 is really into code breakers that reveal sentences for her to read, so we completed a couple of code breaker activities (see my Home School highlights on Instagram).

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Pattern making (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Using Tangrams, our eldest completed and created pattern sequences.  If you don’t have Tangrams, sweets, blocks, coins, or cut out shapes would work too.

10:30 – 11:30  Geography – Egypt.  These sessions are kept fairly brief, with more focus placed on short documentaries.  We looked at the location on our globe, discussed the capital city, climate, foods, key monuments and the flag.  We then watched a few short documentaries from National Geographic related to Egypt.  The girls then watched an episode of Go Jetters that focused on Egypt.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Crabs (see images below).  The girls had chosen crabs as one of the sea creatures that they wanted to learn about.  We looked at their structure, diet, different species, and habitat. We then watched a couple of short videos on YouTube by National Geographic before creating our own paper plate crabs.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – We decided to take the afternoon off and have a quiet one, snuggled down in the living room.

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 our sight words.  Our eldest did some more code breakers.  This time, they included number recognition too.  Each number had a corresponding letter, our eldest would find the number and write down the letter.  This would then form a question for her to read and answer.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Place value 1-50 (see images below).  This is a nice, easy activity to set up.  I printed a grid that included the numbers 1-50.  Using number cards, I randomly handed our daughter a number between the numbers 1 and 50.  Our eldest then coloured in the matching square on the grid.

10:30 – 11:30  Geography – Russia.  We first looked at its location on the globe; we then looked at the key monuments, capital, food, climate, and flag.  We then watched some videos on YouTube related to Red Square, and other key monuments in Moscow.  The girls then watched a couple of episodes of Go Jetters whilst I began to sort lunch.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Lobsters (see the images below). We looked at the anatomy of a lobster and how it differs from a crab; we looked at their diet and key characteristics, as well as where they are often found.  We watched some videos on YouTube by National Geographic Kids.  We then created our own lobsters using our footprints.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Free art.  The girls were offered up all arts and crafts supplies.  They then created their own masterpieces.

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.  Roll and read (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  This is a nice low prep activity, that can be done multiple times.  Our eldest and I would take turns in rolling the dice.  We would then read a sentence from the appropriate box on the roll and read sheet.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Pizza halving (see images below).  Our eldest is very secure with doubling, but often needs to be reminded of the link to halving.  To remind her of the link, we halved pom poms using a pizza.  We would count out a set number of pom poms; our eldest would then evenly distribute them onto each pizza half.  She would then count up how many sat on each half.

10:30 – 11:30  Geography– France.  We first looked at its location on the globe; we then looked at the key monuments, capital, food, climate, and flag.  We focused a lot of our learning on Paris, and made many references to Disney films!  We then watched several short videos on YouTube by National Geographic and The Discovery Channel.  The girls then watched a couple of episodes of Go Jetters.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Seals (see the images below).  Using some reference books, we looked at the anatomy of seals; looking at features that keep them warm, help them swim and help them to find food.  We looked at the different breeds, their diet and key characteristics.  We watched a few short educational videos on YouTube before creating our own seal pups out of cotton wool.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Potato printing (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  I honestly don’t know what ended up with more paint on it by the end of this activity; the girls or the paper! It is safe to say, this was one of the messiest painting sessions we have ever had!  Using biscuit cutters and potatoes, we created our stampers.  The girls then went crazy with paint for the rest of the afternoon!

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 Read (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  As we had done the day before, we did another roll and read activity using different sentences.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Recapping number composition and number bonds (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Although our eldest can recite her numbers very well, I always want to check that she understands what each number represents.  For this session, I would give our eldest a number; she would then tell me how many tens and units these numbers were made up from.  We then recapped our number bonds.

10:30 – 11:30 Geography – Japan.  We looked at Japan’s location on our globe, and then discussed some of the key monuments and cultural sites.  We looked at the food, language, writing, traditional clothing, culture and flag.  We selected several short videos to watch on YouTube by National Geographic and National Geographic kids.  The girls then watched a couple of episodes of Go Jetters.

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

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 – Walruses (see images below).  We looked at the key characteristics, as well as how they differed from seals.  We watched a couple of short videos on YouTube before creating our own walruses using cupcake cases.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Baking.  We decided with it being Friday, that we would bake some cookies.  I think we all needed a baking session (or just some baked goods!)

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

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

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

Week 6 Activities

Week 7 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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