This 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 🙂
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. They sketched their patterns with fine-tipped markers and coloured them with oil pastels. They worked with patterns some more throughout the week. Here they are using transparent triangles to create patterns on the light panel.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
A snapshot of our week, our everyday story