Hello friends! Today I’m sharing something a little bit different than you may have come to expect from me but that I’m hoping will be helpful to some of you. It’s the breakdown of what we got up to during our first week as a home educating family.
While we aren’t “following a curriculum” so to speak, we do expect that our son will enter the school system at some point in his life so we want to make sure that we cover essential skills and concepts. As such, I’ve been using the EYFS areas of learning as pillars that will guide the next year and a bit of his life. (When we get closer to KS1, we’ll reassess whether home education is still the right fit for our son and our family and go from there.) So yeah, here’s what we’ve been up to during our first official week of homeschooling grouped by learning area.
Communication & Language
- L became more confident in communicating his wants and needs this week.
- We discussed everyday materials and their properties together and spoke regularly about what objects are made and which words describe them best.
- Watched videos about brand logos.
- L spent some time talking to the boy next door.
- Skype call with great-nanny.
- Role playing knocking on someone’s door.
- We learnt how to say hello and goodbye in Norwegian.
- Learnt some new vocabulary as part of our ‘everyday materials’ topic.
- L has started saying thank you more often without prompting.
- He is getting more confident talking to other people and has attempted to initiate conversations with adults and children.
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
- Helping with chores – unmaking the bed, vacuuming, throwing rubbish in the bin and sweeping.
- Communicating his wants & needs.
- Been falling asleep in his own bed & staying there most nights.
- Role playing using the toilet.
- Brushing teeth and washing hands by himself.
- Put wellies on by himself.
- Rolled down the mattress.
- Brain break videos on YouTube.
- Played in the garden.
- Walked to the shop.
- Played in the front garden.
- Sweeping with a garden broom.
- Walked to fish & chips shop.
- Running in the park.
- Exploring and playing with the equipment in the park.
- Walking along the balance logs in the park – was scared at first but eventually felt confident enough to do it independently.
- Able to swing independently.
- Played rock, paper, scissors.
- Watching Numberblocks – including YouTube videos showing large addition and big numbers beyond 1 billion. Some introduced concepts such as infinity and pi.
- Practised doubling and halving.
- Used Megabloks to count to 20 and to practise the 1 times table.
- Open ended Megabloks play with digits 1-9 as well as +,×,÷,- and = which allowed L to create his own sums and test his knowledge.
- Confidently read a sum written entirely of words and gave the correct answer.
- Using the Mathseeds app.
- Quickly learnt how to use an abacus for counting and doing basic maths including addition and subtraction.
- Counted to 100 using his abacus.
- Constantly asking L to read out words at home and in the world eg. on pages, screens, signs.
- Learnt some new vocabulary that relates to everyday materials and was able to read them all out loud.
- Listened to a range of audiobooks.
- Used Megabloks to practise word formation.
- Practised word formation using Alphablock magnets to build the words he’d seen in a magazine.
- Used Reading Eggs app.
materials, wood, glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, metal, fabric, water, rock, hard, soft, objects.
Books/Stories We Read or Listened to This Week:
Understanding The World
- Looking at ‘everyday materials’ this week.
- Watched everyday materials song on YouTube.
- Worked our way through the objects and materials BBC Bitesize page – struggled with activity 1 but got 5/5 on activity 2.
- Discussed which materials we know about.
- Spoke about objects at home, in the garden and in the wider world and what materials they are made from.
- Discussed the properties of the objects we found in the garden – big/small, soft/hard, smooth/rough and stretchy/not stretchy.
- Spoke about the wildlife we saw – spiders, centipedes, snails, birds, ducks, moths, ants.
- Matched up objects and their materials.
- Water play experiment to show how different things can “plug” water flow.
- Made a robot face using a tablet, TV remote and 2 coasters.
- Played Super Mario Maker – enjoyed making decisions about which elements to include and changing the game style.
- LOTS of Lego play.
- Used rocks he’d found in the garden to recreate the homes of Spongebob, Squidward and Patrick.
- Played on an app where he was mixing colours together.
- Drew on the sofa. 🙈
Where We Went This Week
- Fish & chips shop
- Cafe for cake
- Car boot sale
Overall, we had a great first week of home education! This week we’ll be continuing with our ‘everyday materials’ topic and doing a few science experiments which should be a lot of fun. We’ve also got a day out planned for next weekend. So if you’ve enjoyed this post, do keep an eye out for next week’s wrap-up. I will TRY to get these written up every week but there might be some delays over the next month or so as we’re moving in June! If you’re still here, thank you so much for reading. I hope you have an amazing week! 🙂