This Week… | A Photo Journal of our Child-led Homeschool

Math Activities with Spielgaben - An Everyday Story

Reggio Homeschool 3 - An Everyday StoryThis week in our child-led homeschool…

This week we tried to get a little more rhythm to our days. Each morning started with Jack (5.5 yrs) and Sarah (3.5 yrs) doing their morning chores, a walk with our little bulldog, Shelby and then some physiotherapy and stretching for Jack. It was really nice to have this flow to our mornings.

This year I thought I would share our week using the subjects we cover; so maths, language, science, project work, atelier, that sort of thing. I am hoping that the weeks will flow more and you can see how Jack and Sarah’s learning is progressing.

I’ll still of course be sharing photos from our everyday too 🙂

Maths

Aust. Curriculum Link:

  • Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications. Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings (ACMNA005)

This week Jack and Sarah were consolidating some of their learning. Jack worked on creating numbers to 10,000, single digit addition, subitising (recognising amounts on sight without counting) with dice and patterns.

For patterns they used our Spielgaben set. I challenged them to choose three colours and create a pattern. Spielgaben Activities - Patterns - An Everyday Story Spielgaben Maths Activities - An Everyday Story They sketched their patterns with fine-tipped markers and coloured them with oil pastels. Spielgaben Math Activities - An Everyday Story Spielgaben Activities - Sketching Patterns - An Everyday Story Math Activities with Spielgaben - An Everyday StorySketching Patterns - An Everyday StoryThey worked with patterns some more throughout the week. Here they are using transparent triangles to create patterns on the light panel.  Early Math Activities - An Everyday Story Shapes and Pattern Activities on the Light Panel - An Everyday Story

Kitchen Garden

Over the last year, the kitchen garden has been a major part of Jack and Sarah’s learning. I’m planning on writing more on this next week. We spend time in the garden everyday. This week Jack and Sarah helped to pull some carrots and pick and sort the last of the beans.

We also planted some more tomatoes, corn and beetroot along with some more flowers to keep the bees coming. There’s always lots to keep us busy in the kitchen garden.

Gardening with Kids - Making a Kitchen Garden - An Everyday Story Carrots - An Everyday Story Kitchen Garden - Gardening with Kids - An Everyday StoryMaking a Kitchen Garden with Children - An Everyday Story

Language

Aust Curriculum Link:

  • Recognise the letters of the alphabet and know there are lower and upper case letters (ACELA1440)
  •  Produce some lower case and upper case letters using learned letter formations (ACELY1653)

Each afternoon Jack practises his handwriting and sight words. I bought him a writing book with dotted thirds. I had thought for a while that we would take a whole language approach to learning to read and write, but I know now that Jack needs more focussed daily practice.

So while language is embedded naturally in their learning throughout the day, we also spend 15-20 minutes each afternoon just consolidating.

I’ve been offering a sensory experience first; kinetic sand or coloured salt, and then some handwriting for Jack in his notebook.

Kinetic Sand Activities - An Everyday StoryLiteracy Activities for Kindergarten - An Everyday StorySight Word Activities for Kindergarten - An Everyday Story

Jack and Sarah worked a lot with watercolours, fine-tipped markers and oil pastels this week. You can see some of their pictures, here, here and here. They’ve also started a new project this week which I’ll share some more about next week.

I’ve made a few changes to how we are approaching (mostly how I am documenting and planning) project work which I am looking forward to sharing with you as well.

So lots to share and talk about next week….. plus it’s my birthday! 🙂

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A snapshot of our week, our everyday story

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18 Replies to “This Week… | A Photo Journal of our Child-led Homeschool”

  1. Happ birthday to you. I really enjoy reading your thoughts about homeschooling. Can’t wait for more.

    1. Thanks Suki 🙂 Do you homeschool your children too?

  2. I am impressed even with your blog post structure!!! love how you have broken it down. but also very impressed by those carrots, wow!! they look incredible. I’ve always been scared to plant carrots, lol. But you have reminded me to start planting more stuff now so much has just ripened. Wonderful to see how your week is evolving to suit your family, I really admire how you are always so open to assessing along the way and continuing to meet your kids needs in whatever way suits them best at various times xx

    1. Those carrots are seriously blowing my mind too. We planted them because Jack really wanted carrots but I was honestly expecting them to turn out all twisted. But they have been incredible. I am not sure why. I read that carrots need soft soil and a lot of water so we added a bit of chook poo compost in there before we planted and made sure the soil was nice and broken-up (does that make sense?) and then gave them lots of water.

      We’ve had a couple gnarly ones but mostly they have been amazing. And sooooo delicious. I think there is still time to plant so you should give them a go. Plus the kids just LOVE pulling them up!!

  3. Kate, Lovely week post you have here. I have loved watching Jack and Sarah use those beautiful water colours this week. And, happy birthday to you!
    We are starting project work next couple of weeks – both T and A are dinosaur MAD right now! I’m thinking of a few things we can do and I want to put those ideas forward but want them to come from an authentic place with the girls. How do you introduce project work?

    1. Thanks Jess 🙂 If you’re thinking T and A might like to explore dinosaurs more deeply, I think I would probably start with an exploration – as close to an authentic experience as possible. Do you have a dinosaur museum or something near by? If not I would set up an exploration with figurines (maybe a sensory/small world type exploration).

      Let them explore and play for as long as they like and take notes while you watch them. Keep an ear out for any interesting conversations they might have about dinosaurs which show you what they understand or what they want to know more about.

      After the initial exploration, have a conversation with them about dinosaurs. Plan a few open-ended questions based on your observations from their play. Not questions which draw out knowledge-type answers but rather ones which encourage them to think, like, Do you think…? You said…..why is that? Why do you think that? Is there another reason…. (dinosaurs have sharp teeth)? That sort of thing to really get them talking about what they know, come up with new ideas and imagine.

      From that first discussion I usually pull out a few key themes which would be interesting to explore further and plan an art experience, usually drawing. Then observe them while they are drawing (listen to what they are talking about), encourage them to focus on drawing details.

      Then I usually think about how they can represent their understanding in relation to something else. So what is the relationship between dinosaurs and other animals, dinosaurs and plants, dinosaurs and people? How would they show this graphically? – drawing? sculpting? collage? drama? storytelling?

      I think it is important for children to explore concepts in relation to one another. I think this helps them to make connections and really gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for how the world is all interconnected.

      Hope this helps a little.

      1. Oh Kate this is lovely and I’ve only just checked back for a reply. Oh there is much to think about in this post, thank you for your time in writing a detailed reply. We have been playing a lot of small worlds and doing a lot of drawings. I like how you have said to focus on the detail.
        Asking those open questions are coming quite naturally to me. But I haven’t really been developing their learning further by connecting their learning to other relationships. We will look into that this week 🙂

  4. First off, Thank you for inspiring me to do more, you are a Gem of a teacher!
    Each new idea you present I love and cannot wait to try with our children DS-4.5 and DD-3. Over the holidays we introduced food with chop sticks (I had the kids decorate their own special set), we had so much fun watching thier little hands and eyes concentrate so hard on single grains of rice while it travelled to their mouths! Let’s just say they won’t mind sending their coloured chop sticks to the learning bin for an easier trial of printing letters in coloured salt – can’t wait to try your idea.
    I love our seasons here in Canada but envey your beautiful garden and your ability to replant, we cannot wait to plant ours again this spring. Your beans look delicious! Enjoy your special day!
    ❤️Rebecca

    1. Thanks Rebecca 🙂 I do love your seasons too and all that glorious snow. Although I have a friend who lives in Alberta and she said the snow is beautiful but after about 4 months of it, she kind of gets a bit over it. I think they are snowed in at the moment – and have been for a few days – which is crazy for me to imagine.

      I do love our little garden. It’s such a wonderful time waster. We can plod around in there and an hour or two easily pass without us even knowing. There is always lots to do and plenty to keep us busy.

      Do you homeschool your little ones too?

  5. Beautiful photos. You have inspired me to dig out our light table. Those pattern blocks look amazing!

    1. Aren’t they beautiful?! And so simple but on the light panel they really come alive. It is really nice too to watch the kids, deep in concentration, as they place each triangle to make different patterns. This is definitely my kind of maths 🙂

  6. Happy birthday! And thanks again for sharing. I love to see how and what your kids are learning.

    1. Thanks so much Rachel. I had a really lovely day. My mum took the kids for the afternoon and I got to spend some time relaxing at a day spa. It felt so luxurious. And quiet!! 🙂

  7. Happiest of birthdays!

    1. Thanks Savannah. The kids and hubby definitely made me feel very loved. I’m a blessed mama, that’s for sure.

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