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Montessori Water Activity: Nursery

Montessori methods for young children have a strong emphasis on the development of macro and fine motor skills. This simple activity, where the child is given a bowl of water, an empty bowl, and a small ladle is good for developing control. The child is to move the water from one bowl to the other, trying not to spill it. I found the small ladle in IKEA, as part of a kitchen toy set (also in the set were a small set of tongs- also useful in Montessori activities!) This may be simple, but three year olds love this activity- have a towel on hand though! Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Make a Plan!

To be honest homeschool/parenting blogs can be intimidating as much as they are inspirational. It is very easy to make homeschooling look easy, and idyllic. But the reality in your own home is more chaotic, exhausting and disheartening- comparisons are not encouraging. Well, today was one of those days you want to hide in a cupboard! I do wonder if any productive learning happened- although The Girl did seem to make some progress with the dreaded (often tear inducing division). One of the reasons for today’s failure was my lack of a plan (that and terrible weather, so the wild boys had no outlet for their vast amounts of energy!) I have found homeschooling is more successful the better the plan is. I have also found Sunday evening is not the best time to form this plan. Sunday’s are busy for us, and Sunday evening can sometimes be too full to add planning for Monday in as well. Top Tip Set aside a time that works for you to make a plan for the coming week. I remember reading of a woman who made a plan at the start of each term, so she knew and her children knew exactly what they were doing on each day of that term- very impressive. But even a few days of advanced planning will make a huge difference. Share this:PrintFacebookTwitterEmailLike this:Like...

Creative Writing Prompts for Homeschool

We have never followed a set curriculum for creative writing, instead we have taken inspiration from the work we are doing in other areas to inspire our writing projects. For example when we studied the Royal Family, during the Queen’s Jubilee my daughter was given the task of writing a story entitled “The Naughty Corgi”. By giving her either a title or a first line she has a foundation to work from, and the project work already finished helps inform her writing. We also use the text we are reading to inspire creative writing. Ideas will depend on the text, by using key events in the story to inspire a story. For example if reading “Little House on the Prairie”, a story about a time the child went on a long journey, or if there was a time they met with a dangerous situation- like Laura in the book. The child can also wite about their favourite, or least favourite, character; explaining what they are like, what they do and why they like/dislike the character. If studying an event or character in history the assigned task would be to retell the story, or write a biography on the person. To teach grammar and language skills we use the Charlotte Mason inspired text book “Language Lessons”, one of the activities in these texts books is to study works of art. A follow on activity from this introduction to art appreciation is to write a story around the painting. My son, who has a vivid imagination has found this a lot of fun! However, there are always times when we want a writing project but the above does not easily lend themselves to the occasion. So here are a list of 20 prompts you can use for Primary age children: Write a story about what you did on holiday. Write a story about your pet. Write a story with the beginning: “One day I had an adventure in the woods…..” Write a story about what you think the future will be like. Pretend you are a journalist. Write a news story about a volcano erupting (or earthquake!) Make the page look like the front cover of a newspaper, with a headline and a picture. Write a letter to your best friend. Re-tell your favourite Bible story Keep a journal for a fortnight Write a story of a conversation between you and some you have studied from history. Write about a musical instrument you play: what it is like, how long you have to practice, who teaches you, what songs can you...
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