Monday, 1 September 2014

Back to school, home ed style

Phew! The first full 'normal' day back has been a good one! We started this morning productively as planned and got dressed straight after breakfast then played board games - Shut the Box and Incy Wincy Spider, which has really helped Peter to learn shapes. 

I wanted to start this week with literature based activities as they are always popular and Harry asked for The BFG so we will be doing a themed activity each day and I will post these together at the end of the week.

I found these activity pads for Peter in The Works recently and we also did a page each of these. The activities are very quick so I think we can fit them in for some pen practise even if we are going out. 

Harry did a page of this activity book on the three times table, which also has quick activities that should only take ten minutes.

Harry finished his Summer Reading Challenge by finishing this book, which is a level 12 Oxford Reading Tree book. 

We are going to be learning about a few famous people from history this year and we started with Charles Darwin today, by reading this book. Harry liked the Galapagos illustrations of giant lizards! We also watched a programme on iPlayer about Darwin. I downloaded this a couple of weeks ago so it's not on there any more but it's a good series from CBBC called Absolute Genuis which features the work of scientists. There are episodes about Newton and Archimedes on iPlayer at the moment.

Harry and Peter worked really well together to complete several jigsaws.

We were using chalk on the drive as part of our BFG activities so the boys did a few of their own drawings too and we played football on the grass.

I drew shapes for Peter and asked him to drive his car on particular ones.

Peter had his first enjoy-a-ball class of the term this afternoon and did really well. I read to Harry while we sat at the side. Afterwards, we bought coffee (for me) and cake (for them) to take to the park to celebrate our return to school. 

We ended up staying for two hours as we met two other homeschooling families who we know and the children all played together really well in a very involved imaginative game in the bushes! Tea was quite late and Harry and Peter were worn out, but it's been a lovely day. I am looking forward to many more like this!

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