If you’d asked me an hour ago what we had done over the last couple of days I would have said not much really, a bit of playing, a bit of learning. Then I actually thought about it. We have done LOADS!
Yesterday Jasmine and Thomas went on Education City (an online learning resource) and did some Literacy and Science. I had just moved Thomas up to Y1 science as he was getting frustrated with the games aimed at Reception – they are not what he considers to be “science”!!! It was definitely the right decision as he loved the Y1 games! He choose to do the ones all about Materials first, choosing the right material for a specific job based on its properties, sorting items based on materials properties and identifying what material items are made from. Then he moved on to one all about light sources. Both he and Jasmine had a great time playing these games, but I think they’ll be ready for more before long!
Later in the day I got the Unifix cubes out and we all had a good time counting and making patterns. Thomas did some skip counting on the 1-100 number square, covering all the odd numbers and they both started chanting 2,4,6,8,10! (They could both still do it this morning so it obviously stuck in their heads!) Then I showed them how to break a tower of 10 into two, to find 2 numbers that add up to make 10. We wrote all these down and Thomas then did the same for tower of 6. He wanted to write his findings down as well so I drew up a rather impromptu worksheet for him!
Last night I printed out “making 6” and “making 10” charts and filled them in a little more neatly than I’d managed earlier in the day so we can put them up on the wall (Thomas wants to see them every day!)
This morning I took Ben to our Toddler Group and Gordon stayed at home with the big 2. They started to make Lightsabers out of cardboard tubes and modelling balloons, until Gordon broke the balloon pump! That activity will be finished in a few days I imagine!
This afternoon Jasmine and Thomas did another lesson each on Reading Eggs and then some drawing with Squiglet (for any non-cbeebies viewers, Squiglet is a animated character who draws pictures that then come to life). The game on the CBeebies website is really good and has a lot of different things you can “draw” with. Thomas was quite pleased with the spray paint, especially the one that does symmetrical drawing and he drew a lovely butterfly.
Lastly, just before dinner today I got some Letter stickers out and all 3 kids had a great time. Ben mostly looked for X and Z, but created a great letter picture made all the more special because he peeled ALL the stickers by himself! Jasmine and Thomas did some great word pictures with almost no help from me at all. They really just needed a couple of gentle reminders of some of the “rules” of spelling, and one or 2 carefully pronounced words (zebr-A rather than Zeb-r for example!)