Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Do our Home Ed days always go to plan?

I have learnt over the years not to plan their home ed days weeks in advance as things could change during that time and new topics of interest could arise but we always have those days when things just don't work out or myself/the children aren't feeling too well which is fine, and that's one of the many blessings of Home ed! Plus they are your own children so you don't need to bog yourself down with lots of lesson plans which they need in schools to keep track of the 30+  children in the class.
But in the early days this used to absolutely devastate me and I thought that surely they hadn't learnt a single thing that day and that they would've learnt so much more had they been in school.
I soon learnt to look back at the day's events and had to remind myself that this is not 'School at home' and things do not have to be set in stone. I also had to remind myself about the reason I started this journey in the first place which was to allow my children to have the time to do those subjects/activities that they enjoy and follow their own interests.
When I looked back at their day I soon realised they had learnt many things through their experiences and discussions, they didn't have to be necessarily sat with a pen and paper at the table and their classroom didn't have to have four walls!
So I've learnt to plan activities but I'm much more relaxed if they decide to do a project about the snail they've found on the garden path that morning or gone off to research how toothpaste is made. Sometimes news events spark a discussion, like when a volcano erupted in Iceland and they decided to make their own volcano, write diary entries about being there in Iceland and they also started a project on that country.
For the past couple of days the weather has suddenly changed and it's been raining here. As home Edders we can grab these learning opportunities and so they centred their learning around this theme.

Here are some pics of today's activities:-



Concrete (shape) poetry with the boys.




The little ones squirted paint onto their paper and left out in the rain. They loved seeing the results!!


Maymunah made a raindrop for the window.


Abdur-Rahmaan made his own rain gauge.




Monday, 1 May 2017

30 Days Wild!!

Don't forget to sign up to 30 Days wild and claim some lovely freebies. My children have taken part each year and it's great to take your classroom outdoors. Plenty of activities on the website and you could tie in some of the John Muir activities for those taking part. Will upload some of our pics shortly too,,,,


http://www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild/

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Finding All Possibilities - Maths Resources

Another great free resource I have used over the years. Going to be blogging some of the activities on my Instagram page @ theworldistheirclassroom so please check out and will be posting more links here soon too ;)


https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/media/pdf/8/n/DFES_0545-2004G.pdf


Pics to follow......


and here is a link for the Primary National Strategy I've used in the past.


http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/pdfs/2006-primary-national-strategy.pdf


and Mathematical Vocabulary


http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110202093118/http:/nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/84996

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mathematical Activites


Free Mathematical Activities for Reception age. There are some great ideas in this booklet which I was sent years ago when I started home educating, it's free to download online (click the link below)

http://web3.sseln.org.uk/stthomashc/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/maths-activities.pdf

I started some of the activities with my 2 (almost 3) year old. Here she is counting on a number line and helping Mr. Spider catch his fly :)




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Early Writing Ideas

Someone asked me recently how to encourage young children to write so thought I would post some simple ideas.

Children develop writing skills at different rates and it usually follows the ability to read. As soon as my children developed their motor skills and started 'mark making' I created simple writing opportunities such as writing shopping lists, simple recipes 'how to make a jam sandwich' or changing the ending to a favourite story.

Before they are ready to begin any type of workbook I usually provide different writing activities to keep them interested. Activities surrounding a favourite book are a good idea.

After reading the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' I prepared activities to reinforce what they learnt in the book. Here are a few ideas:-

* sorting vegetables activity
* planting seeds and keeping a gardening diary
* cutting up sequencing cards of growing a seed and put in the correct order
* cutting up real vegetables and introducing halves & quarters
* putting the characters in order of height
* going on a bug hunt in the garden
* making a little 'garden centre' and selling 'packets of seeds'
* painting carrots using hands
* vegetable acrostic poem

Some of these activities can be found on our Instagram page @ theworldistheirclassroom so please check out!

I also dip into the Scholastic 100 Literacy lessons which has ideas like making story boards, writing instructions to  game, recounting a favourite day out, reporting about a lost teddy bear, etc.

http://www.sassoonfont.co.uk/fonts/sas/pri_lit_dev_wrtng_005501.pdf

I have been using the above too I came across years ago and was sent a copy in the post.





Friday, 14 April 2017

Colour my Mosque sets

We received a lovely pack of Mosque cards from http://www.islamicmoments.co.uk/
As soon as the children saw these 'Colour my Mosque' cards they couldn't wait to start. The pack contains four beautiful Mosque pictures on quality card and a pack of pencil crayons perfect for little hands. There is also a sheet of the same designs in colour so that children can copy and colour, my children decided to dive in and colour however they liked!
Straight away I thought these would be great to take along to Jummah or any Islamic talks in my handbag to keep them entertained for a while. They are the perfect size for handbags so could be used when travelling in a car, plane etc.
They can also be used as educational resources when learning and reading about the Masjid, as a Ramadaan activity or they would even make fantastic Eid gifts.
Even though they come with pencil crayons, they could easily be turned into a gluing and sticking activity. My children will be adding glitter and sequins too!

'I liked colouring the Masjid, the palm tree and the sun, it was fun,' Abdus-Salaam age 5.

So check out the website as they have quite a nice selection of gift ideas or follow on Instagram at islamic_moments . Here are the pics of the children colouring:-











Thursday, 13 April 2017

The John Muir Award

I have heard that many home edders have paid a lot of money to achieve this award when it can actually be done as a family free of charge in a garden or local area you feel passionately about conserving. We chose our local park and I contacted the Park Manager. I organised for the children to make duck huts for the lake which they built up, painted, varnished and then they were placed in the island in the middle of the lake for the ducks in winter. They also cleared streams, identified pondlife, went on scavenger hunts, identified birds using the boxes around the park, wrote poems, articles, painted pictures, went on walks, etc. whilst recording their adventures in the logbook provided.

The website has all the details and forms to complete. After submitting your ideas they will get in touch with you and send you extra curricular activity ideas, logbooks etc.

https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/john-muir-award

Do our Home Ed days always go to plan?

I have learnt over the years not to plan their home ed days weeks in advance as things could change during that time and new topics of inter...