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Autumn already?

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The weather has been wet this summer! And now it’s autumn weather! The kids had a busy day today! They got more done then I expected as we are watching another Little person twice a week.

Yesterday was also a good day for learning! We have hit the ground running!

Because my eldest has ADHD, I’m attempting to create a better schedule. She needs to know what we are doing and how long we are doing it. This can be annoying for me but then I realised she NEEDS to know! It causes anxiety when she doesn’t know. I personally find it difficult creating a schedule we follow all the time because we are a home, not a school and I didn’t really want it to mimic school. I guess I’ll try somewhere in between!

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The First Day of School

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Yesterday was our first day of school (or no school). We had a good day and Lady P was exhausted by the end (I suspect I got over-zealous).  

I’m still incredibly happy she is home with us.  I suspect she may struggle with attention and although I don’t want to say she has ADHD (because I’m not a doctor), I do feel she is leaning to that side.  I’m teaching her and helping her as if she has ADHD and it seems to work.  It’s hard to say it out loud because everyone says it’s just her age, but I think as a parent, you know when things are not quite right.  We have started cutting out E numbers and sugar from her diet and it’s made a world of difference.  But she still struggles!  

Anyway, the first day was busy as I was working as well.  We did calendar work, reading, art, writing, spelling and maths.  We went outside and rode bikes, played at the park and had swimming lessons. 

Pond Dipping and Mini Beast Hunting

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Today we met up with other homeschooling families and went to Beacon Fell for a Mini-Beast Hunt and Pond Dipping!  The girls had a great time!  Although they were 2 of the youngest there, the older kids really took an interest in them and included them in the experience.

All ready for pond dipping with Nick the park ranger!

All ready for pond dipping with Nick the park ranger!

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Patterns and Phonics

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Hello fellow homeschoolers!

Today is a bank holiday but Lady P still wanted to do some school.  Today we worked on patterns in her Gold Star Starting Maths workbook.  She is still working on patterns and since there is only one page in her book, we did a bit more with duplo blocks to practice her new skills.

We started with the simple pattern in her book that had a the pattern ABAB.  This was easy for Lady P so I got out the duplo and started making more complicated patterns for her.  She found them a bit tricky but seemed to understand the basic concept by the end of the lesson.  She did a ABBABBA pattern and then we tried a ABBBABBBA pattern.  I started the sequence for her and she finished it.  She really enjoyed the activity.   Obviously, this could be done using any blocks or counters you have available.  You could use dried beans, beads, fruit, whatever you have on hand!  The best time to do this activity is when they don’t know they are having a lesson.  You could do it during breakfast with dried cheerios and some other cereal.

Colouring in her pattern

Colouring in her pattern

Doing a sequence with duplo bricks.

Doing a sequence with duplo bricks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My New Curriculum

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I’ve not written in a while because the weather has been beautiful and we’ve been outside a lot.  Lady P and baby S have enjoyed themselves!

As you probably know from my other posts, lady P is a highly active child and I’ve been trying to find things that sustain her interest. I know she’s only 3 but I wanted to find something that works for her.

She loves hands on activities, dressing up, running and numbers. But what I never suspected was her love for workbooks! I never thought she’d sit long enough to do them but I bought a Gold Star maths workbook along with a few others and we started them yesterday. She absolutely could not get enough of them! Today she sat for an hour, happily doing her ‘learning books’, as she calls them. Read the rest of this entry

Why My Children Can’t Sit Still

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Last week, I went to homeschooling group and there was a fellow homeschooler with 3 little boys who were lovely.  They sat there and played quietly and nicely, then went and ran around at the play place for a while, then came back and played nicely.  They were really lovely kids!  Lady P is wonderful and happy and full of life and energy!  I can’t keep up!  But she cannot keep still!  She is fidgety all the time and hates to sit!  All of my homeschooling activities MUST HAVE kinaesthetic activities involved or else she gets bored and says she doesn’t want ‘to do school anymore’.  I have heard from many people who have sons that boys usually can’t keep still and are high energy.  Girls are good at playing quietly…HA

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Before Five In A Row (BFIAR)

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Hello all!  I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about homeschooling over the last year and I’m finding that many I read (usually by American homeschooling mamas) use the literacy programme called Five In A Row.  The premise is that you read the same story (usually classic children’s stories) five days in a row, followed by different activities that cover literacy, maths, science etc. Now to buy the book from the website is EXTREMELY pricey (if you live in the U.K.) so I went on Amazon and bought Before Five In A Row  second-hand for a quarter of the price.  I bought many of the listed books from Amazon for 1p and there are tonnes of blogs who allow you to download free lapbook templates for each of the books.

BFIAR is designed for preschool children (approx age 2-4) and I’m using many of the activities with my 3 year old.  You just have to simplify some of the activities.  I will probably do this again next year when she can do all of the activities.

The first book we are studying is Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom.  It is a very cute book that has a lovely rhyme.  Lady P really enjoys the book.  To start with, I downloaded a Jesse Bear lapbook from Homeschool Share as well as letter of the week pdf to add to the lapbook from Homeschool Share as well.  Awesome resources, by the way, especially for toddlers!  Lady P loved the activities but didn’t want to glue down the items because she wanted to do it again!

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We Socialise Dogs, Not Children

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I apologise in advance for this rant.  I was speaking with a woman today who asked me about what school I was planning on sending my children.  I told her my plans to home educate…I wasn’t preaching people!  I simply told her I was planning to educate MY children in MY home!  Her look of judgement and condemnation were enough to make my blood boil.  Here is the gist of the conversation along with my real thoughts at the time: Read the rest of this entry