Home Schooling – Week 9 Activities

This was a week of confusion.  June 1st is rapidly approaching, and with that comes the decision of whether we send our girls back to school and nursery.  I change my mind daily on this matter, and I am still unsure what we are going to do.  In the meantime, we celebrated our youngest’s 3rd birthday over the weekend.  Each year we have held a big party for the girls; if I’m honest, they have felt somewhat stressful.  You want everything to be perfect for your little one; everyone to be well catered for; and all parents to be having a good time too.  We had many discussions at the end of last year about their birthday parties; whether we would have a weekend away, or something much smaller with a few close friends.  I don’t think the girls missed a party this weekend whatsoever!  We had a princess day from start to finish; afternoon tea in the garden, party games, and pizza, popcorn and movie in the evening.

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

(Note: my children are just 3 this weekend 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 then did a small amount of handwriting practice using some Disney handwriting sheets (see my Home School Instagram highlights).

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Counting up in 2’s (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Our eldest is not yet 5, so we are just introducing the concept of this to her.  We used sets of eyes to demonstrate jumping up in 2’s.  This is something we are going to focus on for the next couple of weeks.

10:30 – 11:30  Geography –  Canada.  The girls are really enjoying looking at the different countries.  We looked at Canada’s location on the globe, climate, brief history of the country, animals that can be found there, sports and the flag.  I printed and laminated 100 country flags.  After learning about each country, the girls add the new flag to our sting of flags that are hanging in the playroom.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Space (see images below). We decided to move onto space as our next STEM focus.  I honestly had no idea how the girls would find the introduction of this topic; they are very young and it is a very confusing concept to such young minds.  Our eldest particularly took an instant interest; so we will see where this topic takes us.  For this session, we introduced our solar system.  We looked at the different planets, their names, and how they orbit the sun.  We watched a few short educational videos on YouTube before creating our solar system headbands.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Fork puffer fish (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  This was requested by our eldest after learning about different sea creatures in our previous STEM sessions.  Using a fork, our eldest printed out a puffer fish shape; we then created some eyes and a mouth to stick on.

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.  Silly sentences (see images below).  Learning to compose a sentence can be daunting; it is not as easy as it seems to a young child.  This activity gave our eldest colour coded words; each colour determined where the word sat in the sentence.  She picked the different words she wanted to use; placed them in the correct order, and then read them out.  The intention is to make silly sentences that make them giggle.  Our eldest then had a try at writing them out.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Counting up in 2’s (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Using a number grid, our eldest had a go at skip counting.  She would count two from the previous number, and then colour in that square on the grid.  For now, she does not need to be able to recite counting up in 2’s; the focus is on understanding what the numbers mean and why those number are in the sequence.

10:30 – 11:30  Geography – PE.  Scavenger hunt around the neighbourhood (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights). We have been very reluctant to leave the house; the girls have hardly seen the outside world for 9 weeks, but we decided to take a short walk around the neighbourhood.  I gave the girls a basket between them, and colour hunt sheet.  The girls would look for items that matched the colours on the sheet, and then place them in the basket.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Space (see images below) Earth.  Although this is the third planet in our solar system, it is the one they are the most familiar with; so we decided to focus on this one first.  We looked at the different layers of the earth, different climates, and our moon.  We watched a few educational videos on YouTube before creating our own earth, depicting the surface and the different layers.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Homemade slime (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  I really didn’t know if this was a good idea or not, prior to making this with the girls!  Using clear glue, liquid starch, warm water and some sparkles; we created our own slime.  It is safe the say, the girls had a blast!

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 a small amount of handwriting practice using some Disney handwriting worksheets that I had pulled from the internet.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Counting up in 2’s (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Skip counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, using printed hand images.

10:30 – 11:30  Geography – India.  We first looked at its location on the globe; we then looked at the key monuments, capital, food, climate, traditional clothing, religions, and flag.  We then watched some videos on YouTube.  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 – Mercury (see the images below). We looked at Mercury’s location in our solar system and its conditions.  We watched a few short YouTube videos about Mercury before creating our very own spaceships out of toilet roll tubes and card.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Flower cards (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Our youngest is obsessed with picking all of the flowers in our garden, so we made our own little flower cards out of card.

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).  We have done this game several times before; each time using different sheets.  This time, I gave our eldest all of the different roll and read sheets and allowed her to pick which one we used.  We took it in turns to roll the dice and read a sentence from the correct box.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Counting up in 2’s (see images below).  To demonstrate counting in 2’s in another way; we created a kite.  The main kite had the number 2 drawn on; the tail of the kite displayed the two times table.

10:30 – 11:30  PE– Alphabet hunt (see my Tuff Tray Instagram highlights).  I set up an alphabet hunt in the garden for the girls to do.  Using the alphabet shells we have used in some of our other tuff trays, I pegged these around the garden for the girls to find.  They had to work together to collect all letters.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Venus (see the images below).  We looked at Venus’ location in our solar system and its conditions.  We watched a few short YouTube videos about Venus before creating our own astronauts.  I printed pictures of the girls, Greg and myself, so we could use our faces for each astronaut.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Pattern printing (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights). Using Styrofoam trays, we carved out our own patterns and pictures.  We then rolled a thin amount of paint over our designs before printing them onto paper.

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.  Sentence structure (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  We haven’t spent too much time attempting to form sentences; our eldest is often a little reluctant to do this.  I want all learning to be fun, so we haven’t pushed this.  However, I am trying to introduce this in small chunks to encourage her to try.  For this activity, I presented her with a rocket that had ten bullet points.  Our eldest then had to list all of the different things she would take in her space rocket.

9:30 – 10:15  Maths – Place value (see images below).  Our eldest is starting to become more familiar with the numbers between 1 and 50; and where they sit compared to each other.  For this activity, 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 stuck small round stickers on the matching square on the grid.  We had previously done this with our eldest colouring in the squares, but it made the pace of the activity too slow; she began to lose interest after a while, so we pulled out stickers instead.

10:30 – 11:30 Geography – Brazil.  We looked at Brazil’s location on our globe, and then discussed some of the key monuments and cultural sites.  We looked at the food, language, religion, rain forests, towns 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 which focused on Brazil.

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

1:15 – 2:15  STEM – Mars (see images below). We looked at Mars’ location in our solar system and its conditions.  We watched a few short YouTube videos about Mars before creating our own solar system paintings.  The girls used star shaped cookie cutters to print the stars in the night sky, before sticking the planets on.

2:15 – 3:15  Create – Baking (see my Home Sch 3 Instagram highlights).  Is there a better way to end the week?  We decided to make cinnamon buns for the rest of the afternoon.  The girls love to bake, so this is always a firm favourite.

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

Week 8 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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2 comments

  1. Sounds like you have had a very productive week. I love the idea you have for geography. Looking at the climate and what animals and sports are found their. I bet they enjoy that.

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    • Thank you.
      The girls are starting to understand that there is a much bigger world than they first thought. It is lovely to explore it with them. It’ll definitely shape how we travel now.

      I hope you’re keeping safe and well 🙂

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