Yesterday was Mother’s Day, I was a bit emotional as I couldn’t give my mum a cuddle or go over for our usual Sunday cup of tea and cake. However, the children still did some learning and this included writing a letter to the grandparents. So here’s how our home educating went for day 2 and day 3.
My daughter (6 years old) was given some work from school that included locating cities in England on a map. We have a map on the kitchen wall, so she was able to use that to label places correctly. We then opened Google Maps and searched some places we were unsure about. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know where exactly Bristol was. I had a rough idea, but the map she was given had three labels all close to one another, either one of those could have been Bristol in my eyes! So if you ever think “oh god, I can’t teach my kids! I’m too stupid” let this be a lesson to you. We all have our pitfalls, but that’s fine! We have technology on our side to help us out. I guess that means my daughter did a bit of ICT too. After a break she did some addition and subtraction facts.
My son (he’ll be 10 years old soon!) had school work to research someone called Carl Linnaeus. I had no idea who this was, however my son said “I read about him in Stories of Boys Who Dare to be Different!” So I told him to grab this book and use that to help him with this research. I also got to learn too, Carl Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms. He then went on to do some arithmetic questions, he loves Maths so he got that done very quickly.
The rest of the day was pretty chilled out. I don’t think we’ll do much on Sundays in the future, I only really did this to try and keep my mind and theirs going. Right now my daughter is finding all this very hard to deal with. She’s a social butterfly, she knows every child in her school no matter what year group they are in. Suddenly she’s lost contact with all of them. Thankfully my children’s school uses dbPrimary. They both have an account and able to safely email their class mates, but also there’s loads of fun educational games for them to do.
Today is the first day where our key workers’ children go to school. It’s also the first day where many children won’t be in school. It’s going to feel very weird for everybody. I’m a school governor, we are due a meeting tomorrow, however because I’m in isolation I cannot come to this meeting. I love our school and each of those bright-eyed children, but I need to do this for everybody’s safety.
We started the morning by emptying the dishwasher together. I’m making sure my children learn basic skills in life. The reason is I always felt these are missing in our educational system, but also if I were to fall in I want to be sure my children don’t need to rely fully on me, that they can do some stuff with little to no help from me.
The children were bored, so I thought of something. I asked them to work as a team and make a house with Lego. This house required one doorway and two windows. They had one hour to do this task. They almost finished, but time ran out just as they almost completed the roof. Still they included a fenced off garden, I was proud! The teamwork was tough, as both argued for a while. need some improvement on that!At 11am Twinkl was hosting a live Maths lesson for Year 5 children. Perfect, my son is in this age range and he adores Maths! This lesson included measurements, learning about Metric and Imperial and then children had to use a recipe and reduce the amount of ingredients to suit just two people. My son found a recipe for pizza, but it was for four pizzas. So he halved the amount of ingredients to make just two pizzas. He then went on to dbPrimary to do bit more Maths.
After lunch, it was Literacy for my eldest. My daughter had a task from school to find items in each room of the house that could only find in those rooms. These tasks they both needed some assistance with, but we got it done and had a snack to celebrate.
Finally… PE. Well for us our idea of Physical Education is Just Dance 2020! I also like to use this as my way of getting the blood flowing. I have poor circulation in my feet, dance massively helps me. The children did 3 dances each and now chilling with some Minecraft.
And that’s pretty much our Day 2 and Day 3 done. Mentally I found Mother’s Day very straining, but today has been a good day. I am finding educating my own children is keeping me pretty calm. I just cannot stand when my children whine… but that’s normal for any parent!