We have been home-schooling for four years this year. I really can’t believe how fast that has gone! For us, it was the best decision we could have ever made.
I have been meaning to document our days on here for some time now, but just haven’t got around to it, so here it is, our first of many monthly catch ups of what we have been learning!
Landmarks And Monuments
Jayden shows a really keen interest in geography and loves learning about different countries and cultures. A few weeks ago we talked about different landmarks and monuments. Stone henge was one of the landmarks we talked about so we decided to try and build it.
We are always doing lots of cooking and baking and Jayden helped his dad cook dinner. We are confident enough to let Jayden use a knife whilst supervised. He is always sensible and makes sure to keep his little digits out of the way of the blade!
Cooking is a great way of covering lots of subjects in one. For example, we can learn about chemical reactions that make cakes rise, or adding up the weights in recipes.
We have covered biology with the help of our Learning Resources Human Anatomy kits. It is great having physical models to learn from and not just exercise books or worksheets.
We have also started learning about electricity as part of our physics lessons. Jayden now understands how electrical circuits work and basic components.
We have continued this month with our times’ tables and have now done two through to ten. Also, various currency exercises paying for items with exact change and giving change from notes.
Joben is enjoying numeracy. He will sort his toys into piles and count them and colour in a picture and count (let’s say butterflies) as he goes along.
Reading and writing
Jayden loves reading and has been reading a mix of both fiction and non-fiction this month. We have been working on punctuation, grammar and how to construct sentences and paragraphs.
With Joben only being 4, we don’t do structured learning with him at the moment. We do lots of hands-on activities such as colouring, painting, crafts and mostly learning through play.
We have had some lovely weather recently and so have made the most of the outdoors. We have been to the local park and played on the adventure equipment. We have also spent time playing in the fields and exploring the woodlands.
We will have another catch up at the end of this month to share what we have been up to.