Friday, 21 July 2017

Shapes & shadows in Nature

This week we made many trips to the park to look for shapes and symmetry in nature. There are so many learning opportunities when out and about exploring. The children are learning so much and don't necessarily have to be 'taught'. Allowing them to explore their surroundings and discover new things is an amazing learning experience in itself. We regularly visit the local park with botanical gardens, water features and different rocks to explore and the woods with wildflowers to spot and berries to pick. We sometimes take along scavenger hunt, leaf ID and other spotter sheets.
'I collected lots of leaves and flowers for my Maths lesson in symmetry. I made these nature pictures. I had fun running around and looking at the different colourful flowers.' DS5

'I found a whole bagful of pine cones which my little sister used to paint with, then I chose some shells and rocks, took them out in the sun and drew their shadows.' DS11


'I enjoyed collecting leaves today using my Leaf Identification sheet. I cut them in half with my scissors and drew the other half of the leaf on paper.' DS5


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Arkive Education

Free educational resources for 5-18year olds. Bring the Wild to your classroom with these great resources to print out. I came across them today as we were taking part in the Super Star Crest Awards. Some of these resources can be used towards the Crest Award. (see previous post for the link)

Our Home Ed Week

We started off this Week's Home ed with our 'Home Ed sports day'. The boys were so pleased when they saw the sun shining on Monday morning. It was supposed to be last week but we had to rearrange due to the weather. It turned out to be a lovely day and we all had a great time. The boys loved the parachutes, cricket and tug o war best!
Here in Bradford there are many opportunities to get the kiddies into sport with groups just for Home educated children and other after school groups. My children enjoy focussing on the sport they are interested in which is taekwondo and cricket at the moment.

 DD13 has been learning interview techniques this week after submitting her application to be a Young Ambassador this Summer in the local library. After her interview she was given a tour of the library and where to put her belongings, where to sign in, the duties she will carry out such as filing, data input, registering people with the library, signing children up to the reading challenge and issuing the rewards, organising activites, storytelling etc as well as going through Health & Safety and confidentiality. It was great seeing her in her element and getting straight into her role.

DD2 has been busy as usual learning her numbers & letters. She also made a Goldilocks and the Three bears theatre with her pop out book this week.

Our Home Ed library meet went well again and the story and craft was again on the theme of 'Animals' which ties in nicely with this year's Summer Reading Challenge.

DS8 had a cricket match against Saltaire this week. It only started raining towards the end of the match so it wasn't too bad!!
English & History: We used a pop out book to assemble characters and a castle, from this the boys wrote historical stories.
Maths: Started Frequency Charts following on from Bar Charts as well as mental maths tests. Times table practice for DS5
Arabic: Continuing Bayna Yadaik from the book and You Tube videos. As well as some new apps I'm using as revision.
French/Spanish: you tube videos and workbooks.
Geography: Workbook
Science: Started the Superstar Crest Awards

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Story Craft

Need help with story writing this summer? Check out Story Craft on the World Book Day website. Their web-based story telling tool allows children to think up their own adventure with step by step help and guidance from over 50 authors!

Hoping to try this out tomorrow with the boys, who soon lose interest when sat with paper and pencil and have to write a story!

I always vary their writing opportunities from writing stories inspired by paintings in the Art Gallery, writing magazine articles and newspapers to making their own menus, writing book reviews and poems. As this involves using the laptop and typing the words I think they're going to enjoy it!!

They also use the Usborne creative writing books which are great!!

Kids Art Week

If your kiddies love Art they'll love these free Art lessons! Sign up for 5 lessons over 5 days and you'll receive an email with what you need. You'll probably have the resources at home already!!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Hallux's Hearing Helpdesk

DS11 has hayfever today, and when they're feeling unwell they love to laze about with pillows and duvet on the sofa and do lots of reading!

Today I gave him the Tab to listen to the New Hallux series: Hallux's Hearing Helpdesk.

Professor Hallux is back to learn more about the human body with a new series all about Hearing with these great kids podcasts. From learning about hearing loss and ear problems to testing medicines and meeting Audiologists.

Nice easy science lesson when they're not feeling well :(

What do you do when they're not too well?

Monday, 17 July 2017

National Trust Home Education Membership

'Education Group Membership is specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places owned by the National Trust. This type of membership is for not-for-profit groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education.

Education group members receive free entry to National Trust places during published opening times. Where special education activities are offered by a place, additional charges may apply.'

If you would like to apply for membership, as a Home Educating family, please see the link below:

Shapes & shadows in Nature

  This week we made many trips to the park to look for shapes and symmetry in nature. There are so many learning opportunities when out a...