Updated: Apr 8
I am fortunate enough to have worked from home for the last 15 years so my boys have been very used to having to deal with mommy being up in her office during school holidays and because of this, they have learned how to become independent young men, although that doesn't mean they are angels. I still have to remind them to pick their crap up off the floor, stop leaving their underpants in their trousers and to wash their hands when they pee (boys will be boys). But on the whole they are pretty good.
So I work (or I did before I was furloughed) 10am-3pm every day except Thursdays as I always take my mother-in-law shopping Thursdays. That's 20 hours per week for anyone teaching maths...
Now that I am homeschooling I've had to change my hours to suit my new role so instead I will work 8am-12pm and then 3:30pm-5pm on Monday's, Wednesdays and Fridays. I did have a different plan for Tuesdays but I think my hours for that day are likely to be dropped. On Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's we will have a pretty set timetable, Tuesdays will be a free day and Thursdays will be Spanish in the morning followed by shopping and then a trip to the library, park or whatever. Check my detailed breakdown of the timetable below or follow me on YouTube if you can't be bothered to hear me warble on.
I am going to post my weeks as I get to them so that I don't confuse anyone. Let's start with week 1...(P.S Ignore the Tuesday section, from now on this won't appear on the timetable)
LET'S START WITH THE FREE CHOICE TIME SLOT, SCROLL DOWN FOR OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK...
At 10:30am-12pm the boys have the opportunity to do whatever they like...within reason! Our BBR (Big Brains Room, we didn't want to call it a classroom) has been set up with various work stations for varying activities. We are fortunate enough to have a spare room but this could be achieved just as easily using a dining table, coffee table etc. The idea for this part of the day is based loosely around creating S.T.EM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), introducing art (and therefore their creativity), and allowing for some of that child-led learning I like the idea of so much (but am currently too afraid to step into fully), and a smidge of the curriculum (until I feel confident enough to leave it behind). If you end up following my timetable you will see that things we are learning about are linked into this 'free choice' part of the day, usually by me leaving out activities based on topics we are learning about. This is what free choice looks like for us.
Click here if you want a PDF version of this to print out at home. I've left the time out so you can put your own in.
My kids are being taught to check the time and learn the time using this cool clock I found on Amazon. Click on it if you want to buy one.
K'NEX: I bought a big box of K'nex which has a cool little motor with it to motorise builds, and there's a great manual with it for the kids to find ideas, although of course, they can use their imagination to build whatever they like too. I bought the K'nex from Amazon but you could probably buy a second hand box from eBay or Facebook marketplace. Click on the picture to buy K'nex.
ART & CRAFTS: We have lots of arts and crafts (I've spent months saving empty loo rolls, cereal boxes and plastic containers!) you can buy acrylic paint cheap from Poundland or Home Bargains but I do tend to buy a lot of craft stuff from Baker Ross (always check out the clearance section). The kids can make whatever they like or this Monday (Tuesday actually but we are starting with Monday's timetable) I've left a print out from a pack I downloaded from the IKON gallery in Birmingham (TIP: as most art galleries have been closed almost all of them have FREE activity packs to download which is absolutely brilliant while you can still get them!) The print out is to make a leaf collage using old magazine pages (this will link into learning about plants, the environment etc.), and also an activity to build a Lego plant pot from Earth watch. You will need to sign up for Wild Days on Earth Watch for their activity packs but it's worth it, there's lots of free resources and videos on there if you're interested in teaching your kids about wildlife and the environment. Click here to follow the links for each resource: IKON activity pack and Earth Watch Wild Days (sign up for edible gardens for the lego plant pot)
READ A BOOK: There's a selection of books for them to chose from, including factual books, and even puzzle books. I am waiting for the libraries to re-open so they can go along and pick whatever they want to read. I really want to get my kids passionate about reading, I believe you learn far more about sentence structuring and grammar from reading than you ever will in a classroom.
TTRockstars: If you don't already know what this is, Times Table Rockstars is a brilliant app that children absolutely love. My boys were doing it at school and it's a great way for them to learn their times tables in an enjoyable way. They get so excited about climbing up to be the rockstar they want to be! My youngest child was really upset when he realised he wouldn't be able to use the school account anymore and would have to start from scratch! A family subscription is just £6 per year. Click here for details.
BBC BITESIZE: I think this website saved the sanity of a lot of parents during lockdown and it's no different now! It has a whole wealth of amazing online lessons and it's all completely free! I created email accounts for my boys so it would be easier to sign up for the many accounts I'm guessing I am going to need. They each have a BBC Bitesize account and I added all the lessons I want them to look at on their bitesize so they have plenty to chose from if they fancy a bit of bitesize. (I tend to do all of this stuff on their iPads at night when they are sound asleep). Click here for BBC Bitesize.
CHALLENGE CARDS: I found these challenge cards on the James Dyson website and I love them! They are aimed at S.T.E.M learning and are a mix of science and engineering. What's more, you can also print off a sheet so that your kids can keep track of what challenges they have completed. I have decided to use this as a reward opportunity and if they complete all of the science or all of the engineering challenges they will get a pack of Fortnite trading cards for their trading album. I put two activities out a day. You will need to plan for this as materials may be needed. Check out the link here.
PLAYDOUGH FUN: I think this is self explanatory...
SCRATCH CODING: This is a child friendly website for kids to learn about computer coding and have a go themselves. It's free and really good fun. There is an app but I find it much more difficult to use than the website. If your kids have tablets or you have a home computer, just load all of these websites to your favourites for easy access. Click here for the Link.
WEEK 1 MONDAY
The working day in our BBR starts at 10am. I know that maths and vocabulary, reading and writing is really important and I don't want my kids to lose that. I am amazed by how brilliant they are at their times tables and that's something I want them to keep up with. So they will start with these Carol Vorderman 10 minute a day maths, and vocabulary books. Click on the picture to buy them.
The next part of the day is our Free Choice time which you can find at the start of this blog. This finishes at 12pm for lunch time. This is also the time I can finish work for a bit, have lunch with my kids and teach them for the next few hours. It's also an opportunity for more REWARDS! My boys love nothing more than playing on their iPads so I am going to make sure they earn that time. I don't want to put any emphasis on things being done 'wrong' during homeschool time, only on acting responsibly (not mucking about and getting paint all over the walls), tidying up after themselves and trying their best. If they achieve all of that, they get an iPad passport which I made, printed and laminated. You could do this for any activity your kids like to do. My boys can earn one in the morning so they have lunchtime to play, and during the afternoon so they get their last passport to play on their iPads for the rest of the evening (although I strongly discourage this. I usually make them play outside for a bit or go for a walk otherwise they would be glued to the damn things all night). Here's my iPad passport with a PDF link if you want to copy it.
After lunch time we start with a reading session. Only I will be doing the reading. I've found that my children aren't as interested in reading or writing as much as I would like them to be. Reading and writing is a passion of mine and I think it's such an enjoyable hobby that given the chance, they would fall in love with. But I firmly believe being made to read just to fit into a certain 'level', to write about the stories they are reading and to have to repeat back what they have read or talk about the book at length, has made the subject of reading more of a chore than something to enjoy. I don't think my boys have yet grasped how to read and immerse themselves in the story and this is something I want to change. So for fifteen minutes they can close their eyes, lie back on their beanbags and listen to me reading, which is something I haven't had time to do for a long time. I've deliberately decided to choose famous authors and we are starting with William Shakespeare. I bought a boxset of old Willy's best stories from the Works for £10 and they are all stripped down versions of his famous plays, perfect for children. I've started with Hamlet and I read around five pages. Then in their english exercise book (3-pack purchased from Poundland) I have pre-written up to 5 questions I want them to answer. You can tailor these questions to your child's own ability, or use the opportunity to get more out of them. For example, my eldest child doesn't talk about his feelings, so I've included a question that asks "have you ever lost a pet, toy, or import thing? How did it make you feel"? This is in reference to Hamlet feeling distraught over the loss of his father. I've also asked them to try to include verbs, conjunctions etc. (and because I wouldn't have a clue myself, I've downloaded some free word mats to help me from www.tes.com. This website has lots of free resources but you really have to navigate your way through it to find them. here's the link for the word mats). I can't find these books on the Works website now but I have found them online elsewhere.
The next part of our lesson was history. I really want my children to learn about the country they come from, its history and its geography. I found a selection of these Usborne lift the flap books which I think are brilliant! They make the learning experience interactive and enjoyable, even at my kids ages! There's only two pages to the subject we are starting with; the Anglo-Saxons. While one child completes the english questions the other will sit with me and go through the history book and then they swap. Whilst reading the book we talked about the Vikings who came from Scandinavia and this gave me the opportunity to get our globe down and find out where Scandanavia was.
As part of our History lesson we watched a Youtube video of a young lad making an Anglo-Saxon house and we made a start with that. I knew we wouldn't finish it but I will add it to their free choice options for the next few days. I bought the lollipop sticks and raffia from Amazon and and I use clear PVA glue which you can buy here. Makes the job much less messy. You can find the Youtube video here
After this it was time for quiet reading and spelling. The boys took turns with one of them going off to sit on their bed to read while the other did spelling with me. I downloaded the years 3 and 4 spelling list from Twinkl, and as they achieve them I will cross them off before downloading the years 4 and 5 list. I cannot rate Twinkl enough! I pay the subscription of £9.99 per month (I believe there is a cheaper option too) but it is a Godsend if you feel like you need guidance. There's a home educating pack on there so you can follow the curriculum at home if you want to, and also lots of resources to show you what your child should know and where they should be for each subject. I don't think I will be following this to be honest, but I may use it as a 'rough' guide to check that my kids aren't a million miles away from their peers at mainstream school. There's some brilliant FREE resources on Twinkl too, check these out here. Here's the link for the spelling mat I use.
The last part of the day is Khan Academy. Khan Academy is an absolute MUST! It's completely free which I just cannot believe. I am using it for maths mainly but it does have lessons for computing, art, english and more. You can set your children up with their own accounts, and as a parent, you get weekly updates on how they are progressing. They can do a challenge to start with which will show you where they need to be, although you do have to really work this bit out yourself. I started my kids at Grade 4 but after sitting with them and seeing them struggle I moved them to Grade 3. Have a play with this yourself, you need to navigate your way through it. Because I am absolutely rubbish at maths, I am also on Grade 3 and I complete lessons the night before the boys do so that I can help them. I was actually rather pleased with myself when they asked me to help them with place value and I could, confidently, instead of secretly crying inside like I usually do. Once you have set the kids up on the website, you can download the Khan Academy app onto their tablets which is more user friendly. We do Khan Academy for half hour and I sit with them to help them because this is something they will need your assistance with. There are helpful hints and video tutorials if your kids get stuck on a particular question. TIP: The hints are far more easy to comprehend than the videos. Check out Khan Academy here. I have also done a Youtube walk through if you want to take a look here.
I've bought lots of resources to help the boys with their maths including place value counters, number blocks, 3d shapes and play money.
Now trust me, you will have more success with your homeschooling if you introduce rewards. Before you say rewards don't work just check out my rewards blog.
WEEK 1 TUESDAY
Tuesdays is going out day! No plans for this week due to the bank holiday. Check back when I put the week 2 schedule up for inspiration!
WEEK 1 WEDNESDAY
Same as Monday, day starts at 10am with 10 minutes maths and 10 minutes vocabulary workbooks. Then 10:30am-12pm free choice. Now, I have cottoned on to the fact that my kids are mysteriously picking more iPad activities than they are anything else and I'm not sure I like the idea of this. Luckily, I've added a section on their reward charts that states if they choose three iPad activities in a week they get a star. So today I told them that as they've completed this challenge, they don't need to do any iPad activities for the rest of the week. Nobody was in trouble, I didn't have to say the words 'can't', or 'not allowed', and they couldn't really argue with me. Let's see how Friday goes without their iPads!
Yesterday, we spent a bit longer than planned on the 'mommy reading' and the boys writing, which meant I couldn't show them a BBC bitesize I found about the Anglo-Saxons. So that's going to get slipped into today.
SCIENCE: Well this was interesting. I bought them each a KS2 science book which I found quite overwhelming to read. The first part of the book is more of an introduction to science, asking why we perform experiments etc. It's a good introduction once you've got your head around it. I was worried the boys wouldn't understand it so I tried to introduce them to enquiries, methods, fair tests and variables using BBC Bitesize. It didn't work. They were totally disinterested. In the KS2 book there are practice questions at the end of the chapter, but after watching the BBC bitesize programme they couldn't answer any of them and tensions started to run high. So in the end, I asked them to go get their science notebooks (my poundland special buys) and in the back, make quick notes. I ended up going through the first part of the book with them, and asking them to make notes as we went, the notes went something like this:
question - enquiry
plan - method
fair test - only the variables change
You would get it if you had the book. This time the test went much better. It's only 7questions and they get a star for getting 50% correct which they did do. Then we moved onto the fun part. Planting cress seeds. I've made my own science worksheets to describe the method, and what we are doing, and then recording sheets too. Check out the link below for the book and seeds and also for my worksheets if you want to use them.
After science we were meant to make a sundial, a clock that the Anglo-Saxons used, but this will have to be added to Friday's free choice now instead. We also ran out of time for K'nex building. Don't get stressed if things don't go to plan. It really doesn't matter!
READING: The boys read their books for five minutes each which gave me time to mark their vocabulary and maths books. This was brilliant because I discovered that Kaiden had done super well with his place value and the value of numbers and expanded forms (I know, it's mind boggling, but I must say after spending time on Khan academy and checking out these books I finally get it!). However, Kaiden seems to be struggling on Khan Academy so I realised the issue was more about confidence or struggling with the interface than the work itself. After telling my boy how proud I was of him and to approach Khan Academy with confidence, he didn't disappoint. The boys also drew pictures of what they thought the monster from the poem Beowulf might look like. This was ahead of the Beowulf movie they were going to watch on Friday. Check it out.
KHAN ACADEMY: Khan Academy went super well today! Both of the boys are on the addition and subtraction section and they very almost completed it before time ran out. Seeing all of their mastery points rack up they got really excited and they were eager to finish. This was the highlight of my day today.
I should mention, that on Monday's, Kaiden reads to his dad whilst Theo attends Karate, and then they go for a walk. Yesterdays trip involved hunting for items in the woods to go into our bug hotel which is on an upcoming project. On Wednesdays whilst Kaiden is at Cubs, Theo will read to his dad and then they will go for a walk together. Fitting in the exercise is important too!
WEEK 1 THURSDAY
SPANISH: We start our day on Thursdays at 9am-9:45am by learning Spanish. I know a lot of schools today teach Spanish but the main emphasis at primary school is still on French. I mean, not many people holiday in France like they do in Spain, and Spanish is spoken in so many more countries around the world. Teaching French is just another outdated form of education that in my opinion has had no thought gone into it since the 1980's. We started by watching a Youtube video that taught us the Spanish numbers. They go up quite high but we stopped at 12. Here's the link.
We then recited the numbers afterwards and then moved on to colours. We had loads of fun with this Youtube video! The character is so repetitive it really made us giggle, but repetitiveness works and its now 4 days later and I still remember all of the colours we learned. Here's the link.
After that we learned some Spanish phrases and then I gave them a worksheet that I used to cut the phrases out, and asked them to work as a team to match them to the correct answers. I have to say, they only got two wrong so I was rather impressed! Here's the worksheet link.
After Spanish we did spelling and then it was off to shopping. The boys each had a short list mainly including vegetables so that I could see if they knew how to identify the vegetables on their lists. they also had to write the price next to each item they found, and then at the end of the shop, use a calculator to work out the total cost. I get that kids need to learn maths, although I don't agree they will ever need half of what they are learning, but I also think they really need to know how to use a calculator. Let's be honest, that's all they will ever end up using anyway! I mean, we have them built into our phones for heaven's sake!
Thursday is a day to do practical life skill activities. After shopping we went to a second hand shop to search for books and then later we planted radish, carrots and potatoes in the garden.
FRIDAY: Our day started with 10 minute vocabulary and 10 minute telling the time. I think kids really should be taught to tell the time a lot younger in school, just another example of a life skills which has no emphasis put on it. I bought a workbook for this online and then I just photo copy pages in it for the boys to work on.
On Fridays I will allocate time for the boys to watch a documentary or movie based on a subject we are learning about. As a treat they can watch it snuggled up on the sofa with a blanket and popcorn. I always watch the videos first of course. Today from 10:30am-12pm they watched Beowulf based on the epic Anglo-Saxon/Viking poem. I found the movie to be quite gruesome but I knew my boys would love it. There was one swear word in it which I didn't think was too bad overall so I allowed them to watch it. After lunch at 1:30pm-2:00pm they then had to use keyboards to type up what the film was about, including the beginning the middle and the end, and what they thought of it. The idea is to give them typing and computer skills. After that from 2pm-2:45pm we studied the first page of the Europe Study book (link below), and talked about what Europe is and that some countries are separated by borders. I wrote them three questions in their notebooks that they had to go online and research.
As it's Friday, we naturally finished early at 2:45pm. End of week 1 and what have we learned:
To charge their iPads overnight in my bedroom so that they can only get them once they are up, breakfast made and eaten, teeth and hair brushed, dressed and beds made.
To take iPad activities such as Scratch Coding, TTRockstars and BBC Bitesize out of their Free Choice sessions to stop them only picking iPad activities, these can be added into the week 3 timetable.
That TALKING about science doesn't work as well as hands on learning
To include art as a planned session Monday's and Wednesdays 10:30am-11am.
Check out my resources and links in bulk here.
WEEK 2 MONDAY
Today started at 10am as always but this time with the boys working on some worksheets instead. Through Khan Academy I had identified some areas they were struggling with, particularly re-grouping numbers (yes, I had to look up what that meant). So I googled some worksheets and printed those off so that the boys could get a better understanding of what they needed to do. This turned out to be a valuable lesson because together, we quickly identified that they did not know the method for subtractions, particularly with three digit numbers. So I found a really cool YouTube video and by watching that, we really got our heads around it.
After the maths worksheets they worked on their vocabulary books and then at 10:30am we tried something new. Last week the boys had started various arts and crafts projects that were not finished, so I thought it might be worth trying to include art as a planned session between 10:30-11am. We carried on painting the sundials we are trying to make and whilst they were drying, the Anglo Saxon houses we have been building.
From 11am-12pm the boys had free choice and as I had taken activities on their iPads away from the selection options, I was pleased to see them having fun with lego and the engineering challenges instead. HINT: If you are doing the James Dyson challenge cards, the Geodesic Dome is a tough one.
MOMMY READING: After lunch at 1pm we got back to Hamlet. I asked the children what they could remember of the last time I read the book. The answer was clearly nothing. I may have to change my author of choice after this book and find something that appeals to them. Just like last week, I read the next (and first) five pages to them, and then they had a go at answering questions in their english books.
COMPREHENSION: After the Hamlet activity, the boys got down to answering some questions about the epic poem Beowulf. If you followed me last week you know they watched the movie on Friday. I printed off some comprehension worksheets from Twinkl and they had a go at reading the activity and then answering the questions. Here's the worksheets if you want to have a go.
READING & SPELLING: After comprehension we did reading and spelling. Kaiden had also finished reading a book from last week so I asked him to fill in a book review for me. This just helps me to check that he really understands what he's read. Get a free book review download here.
MATHS: Our last lesson of the day was Khan academy which is becoming a fast favourite in our house! The boys very almost reached the end of their first course; Addition and Subtraction, but not quite...almost there!
WEEK 2 TUESDAY
I am absolutely gutted that last night my boys (and my husband) all came down with colds. We were meant to be meeting up with some other Home Ed families and didn't get the chance. Hopefully next week! If you're on social media there's lots of Homeschooling groups so please check them out. Many of them can have links to WhatsApp groups near you where you might get the opportunity to meet other families and give your kids the chance to socialise. Safely of course, we are still in the middle of a pandemic!
WEEK 2 WEDNESDAY: As always we started with 10 minutes vocabulary and then 10 minutes working on a different maths book to what we had been working on so far. I should point out that all of the workbooks we use have the answers in the back...so far the kids haven't noticed but if they did I would just tear them out, and keep them of course for me. These books are specifically targeted at the year group they would have been in had they returned to school, rather than a broad age range.
After this the boys had their free choice session and they both had a go at building their own K'nex structures, and Theo made a birthday card for a family friend.
SCIENCE: After lunch it was time for Science. This was our seventh day of recording whether our cress seeds grew better in natural or unnatural light. Our experiment didn't start out like this, originally our question was which one would need more water, but both of our plant pots didn't need any water at all and so we changed the enquiry to whether they grew better in natural (on the windowsill) or unnatural (on a bookshelf on our landing with no light from outside) light. Surprisingly, the answer was unnatural light. Anyway, I taught the boys how to make a bar chart based on our findings and asked them questions about what information we needed to include, where things should go and how to create a key.
After this we moved on to learning about animals and their natural habitats. I used a whole lesson plan from Twinkl that I will follow weekly. Today we started with grouping living things. You can use my downloaded lesson plan below, start with the powerpoint presentation and then the worksheets I used. I should point out there's lots of worksheets to choose from but you would need to sign up to Twinkl. I will only upload the ones I use.
The boys really enjoyed this whole session and were totally engaged in it, throwing their hands up to ask questions and enjoying cutting out and glueing the pictures of the animals.
ART/DESIGN: After Science we wanted to get started on plans for the Bug Hotel we are going to build. I asked the boys to use the A3 art pads to draw a 'blueprint' of how they wanted their hotels to look. they loved doing that. Afterwards I sent them off into the garden to start gathering materials to build our hotels. Sadly, we didn't get time to make a start on them so we moved on to our next subject.
MATHS: Today was Khan Academy and finally, my boys completed the Addition and Subtraction Unit earning them each a certificate. Checkout my Twinkl maths certificate below. The boys were so pleased and so was I! We used all of the subtraction methods we had learned from the Youtube video we watched and it worked a treat.
With all of these certificates and drawings I realised I needed somewhere to put them all. Having recently decorated the room I didn't want to ruin it by horrible bluetac marks. Copying an idea from Pinterest I found this wall clip rail from Amazon and I love it!
And feeling well enough to go for a walk, I found some excellent ideas to make a simple walk more fun in this Usborne Never Get Bored Outdoors book which is jam packed full of great ideas. Click on the picture to buy it.
WEEK 2 FRIDAY
As always we started with our 10 minute vocabulary books followed by telling the time worksheets. From 10:30am the boys watched a short documentary on YouTube about the viking invasion before completing some comprehension questions about what they had learned and colouring in some pictures. Download our viking poster worksheets here:
After the worksheets we moved on to a bit of Geography. I always think it is so much easier to link two subjects together if you're careful about what you choose to teach. History and geography go hand in hand. Right now, teaching the boys about the Anglo-saxons and vikings means they also get to learn about the countries involved, such as Sweden, Denmark and Norway. But most importantly, they get to learn the history of our country, which is what I really want them to understand.
A nice early finish Friday followed up by some sunflower picking over the weekend to link in with our science theme; life processes.
What I've learned
1. If things aren't working, change them up!
2. Use their weaknesses to adjust the schedule to include activities that will build on their strengths
WEEK 3 MONDAY
Last week I realised that Kaiden was struggling with his self-esteem. He gives up way too quickly and can never seem to believe in himself. So I've decided to make Growth Mindset a part of the free choice day. At 10am the boys complete some pages from their own year group maths books, before Theo got started on some adverbs worksheets and Kaiden did a growth mindset challenge. I decided to download the adverb worksheets and put these activities in instead of the vocabulary books, as I noticed last week that the boys were struggling in this area and this is the best part of the day to swap things out.
After the adverbs work and growth mindset challenge, the boys started sketching ideas for an upcoming bug hotel project, before their free choice session got underway. Then it was time for lunch!
English: We continued on with our study of Hamlet today, me reading an extract from the story and the boys answering pre-written questions I had done for them, which encouraged their use of verbs, adverbs etc. One of the things the boys had been struggling with was getting to grips with my old dictionary. So I bought them this pictorial one from Amazon which has been just great!
Geography: Learning about the vikings has been great in helping the boys to develop their understanding of the UK and other European countries. Today we used a a viking invasion map to study where the vikings came from, and then the boys identified those countries on a blank countries of Europe map.
From 2:30pm-3pm the boys spent five minutes each reading quietly and then moved on to scratch coding. After that, at 3pm, it was time for Khan Academy. The boys have been simply loving Khan Academy and achieving completing the levels.
WEEK 3 TUESDAY
Today we visited a local nature reserve to study the woodland. I printed a simple woodland log book which we took with us and used to find the animals and objects listed. This was a really fun day out!
WEEK 3 WEDNESDAY
This morning started with our 10 minute maths and 10 minute vocabulary books followed by completing outstanding activities from 10:30am until 11am. In our case, our Anglo-Saxon building. Then the boys moved on to free choice.
Science: After lunch we started to learn about vertebrates and invertebrates as part of our animals and life processes learning before going off to build our bug hotel! An excellent opportunity for some woodwork with the boys using all the necessary tools!
Math: After the excitement of completing our bug hotel, and having time to tidy up, we moved on to Khan Academy. This programme is working so well for my boys! If I feel we get to a sticky place, I find a corresponding YouTube video to put on and help them with their understanding.
WEEK 3 THURSDAY
We've aptly started calling this Spanish Thursdays, as we only do Spanish on this day of the week from 9am-9:45pm. I bought them a great book online which comes with a CD-Rom you can download onto your computer so that they can see and hear all the right pronunciations. I then make copies of the worksheets for the boys to complete, and sometimes we stick on a YouTube video too.
I should point out that the boys also do TTrockstars throughout the week. Check out my resource links on my Bargain Buys page!
WEEK 3 FRIDAY
As with Mondays and Wednesdays, the boys begin at 10am with 10 minutes vocabulary and 10 minutes telling the time before moving on to watching an educational movie or documentary. Today, we chose to watch a short documentary about the Staffordshire Hoard. I thought this would work well as I want to take them to see it anyway. I gave each of the boys a notebook to start taking notes throughout the film so that they could answer questions about it later. Check out the link here for a Staffordshire Hoard presentation..
WEEK 4 MONDAY
By now I am sure you are getting familiar with our days. Mondays 10am-10:30am have been changed up a bit to reflect gaps I see that need addressing. So today instead of the usual maths and vocabulary books, we focused on converting measurements and growth mindset. Here's some resources for you for the maths including some handy conversion sheets which I turned into a booklet. The growth mindset was taken from the challenge cards posted last week. Scroll up for the link.
The growth mindset challenge turned out to be a real success today. Kaiden, who does not talk about his feelings, and who comes from a difficult background, chose to draw a picture of something that makes him happy. He chose to draw a picture of himself going for a walk with dad (dad is really Uncle) so this was absolutely fantastic.
Next we moved on to completing our Anglo Saxon houses which seem to be taking ages, and we completed an Anglo-Saxon king worksheet from Twinkl.
Afterwards there was quiet reading, scratch coding and Khan Academy.
WEEK 4 TUESDAY
Today we went on a field trip to the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Centre. It was a great opportunity to learn about animals and their habitats and diet. Check out my field trips blog for more details!
I’ve realised there’s no way I can keep posting week after week about our timetable. I’m pretty sure you can see by now how it works for us and how you can make it work for you, if not, check out my post How to Win at Homeschooling. My Bargain buys page contains all the equipment, downloads, resources and links you will need for a successful homeschooling journey and it’s constant being updated. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more up to date tips, tricks and to see what we are up to!