Monday, 13 April 2015

Summer home education

Back into our 'routine' today after Easter. I'm excited for our first summer ahead of 'official' home ed. We've made a great start this morning (it's just after 10:30am at the moment). When the kids wake up they have a bit of tv time. At the moment they're both really enjoying Dora the Explorer and learning some Spanish! Then at breakfast time we usually have some bible time and say a prayer. Today we've started bible verse memorisation using the Simply Charlotte Mason system for remembering scripture. I'm pleased that even Asher at just turned 3 can join in with this. 

Usually after breakfast the kids choose to stay at the table. Sometimes I have something seasonal planned that captures their interest, but usually they'll find something of their own to do. This morning, they both wanted to add to some paintings that they'd done last night. Eden drew people and animals to her background scenes that she'd painted. Asher had mixed blue and yellow paint last night to turn his white paper green, he'd then announced that he'd 'made a jungle'. When they got their papers this morning, I found some jungle animals scissor practice pictures off Twinkl (love it!) and we added these to his background. He then went and found all his animals to match to the pictures and did some brilliant imaginative play! I was so proud :) 

Eden is really enthusiastic about helping with chores today. She's made her bed, plumped all the pillows in the house (her idea!), dusted and loaded the washing machine. Asher joined in too. I'm glad they enjoy this and it teaches them great life skills and the value of everyone in the family helping out around the house. 

Before snack time we got the spielgaben out. So far this school year we've been using the MEP curriculum to cover maths, but we finished the reception year's work before Easter, so we'll now switch to using spielgaben until September. It comes with 1000s (literally) of pages of fantastic learning ideas that get progressively harder, and I'm sure will stay used for many years to come. 

After snack time, Asher's having a nap and Eden did a page of a reading practice lesson with me and some spelling, she loves to write but it's got to the stage where some spelling would help with deciphering what she's written! She's now having a quiet time in her room. 

After lunch we still have the day ahead of us, planning on lots of garden time! I love when we have days where there's lots of hours to fill and we get lots done.

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