Updated: Apr 17
So we are all on day 3 of home schooling and day 2 of lock down. If you are anything like me, you have not had 5 minutes to yourself as there is always someone wanting/needing something. And even if they are not asking for stuff I feel guilty if I am not doing things with them and making sure they are still learning.
I have found some more tips for you, friends shared great websites and other things with me too so only thought it was fair to share with you all. With any luck some of these might mean kids could watch/listen to something for a moment while you go and make a cup of tea and actually drink it warm. :)
I am in a way actually enjoying this. I am learning much more about my kids by spending so much time with them I would not normally get, we are getting more family time together. In some ways it is so nice to slow down a little (when you try to forget what is going on in the world).
Our current schedule is as follows. Everyone is to be dressed, had breakfast, teeth brushed and ready in the living room for 9am. Last two days we did the PE class with Joe Wicks (link HERE). I warn you, it is hard core and I can barely walk today :D And that is only after two days. My older kids like it but my youngest won't join in and just generally disrupts everyone by laying on the floor in the middle of the gym, sorry living room :D So I decided we needed a change. My sister who has younger kids recommended Cosmic Yoga and after first half of Joe's PE lesson we switched to this. (link HERE) These are simple yoga exercises for kids, they are all a part of a story and apart from my 13 year old not too impressed and having to be reminded not to mock things we all enjoyed the change of pace and the little one really enjoyed it.
If you have little ones, try Cosmic Kids Yoga for sure!
My older two then usually do their school work but if you need a little help with what to do with your kids here are some great things available online.
This is shared from a friend and I have not tried and tested these yet, I will be road testing them and let you know how they went down with my audience. :D
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com 11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ 12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/feat…/category/get-kids-cooking/ 1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ 1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065 2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package 4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks
Non-daily events include: Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule 9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBacksha…/status/1242058846941712385 For your older kids, here are 50 free revision resources for 11+, GCSEs and A-Levels:
ACTIVITIES WE DID:
For art this week we have decided to create a rainbow to hang in our window. We cut up pieces of coloured card and I got hubby to draw a rainbow on a piece of white card (all the off-cuts from my backdrop papers are finally coming in handy!!:D ) We then stuck the paper to the rainbow to create a lovely collage. It is now proudly hanging in our window.
As my daughter was looking at ACROSTIC poems in her school work we tried to come up with words that can describe a person made out of the letters of their name. It was fun coming up with words...
My friend also shared a link to learning to draw some Disney characters so we had a go, it was not too hard and a bit of fun. Have a go if you are feeling creative :D
My kids are also spending a lot of time in the garden, blowing bubbles, on the trampoline and I am planning a sort of a camping trip this weekend. I am also working on a blog on strategies to stop kids eating you out of house and home during this lock down :D Watch this space....
If you have a moment please share this post with your friends and family, much appreciated!!
Look after yourselves, keep safe and stay at home ;) we will get through this. xxx