Updated: Mar 27
All those people on Mumsnet who have declared over the years that they could do a better job than their child's teachers, well it's your time to shine!
We've all be grounded by the PM and it means that your dining room is now the classroom. Home school is now the everyday normal in across the UK and I don't know about you all, but even just three days in, I have learnt a lot and have a new found respect for my daughter's teacher. The amount preparation that goes into one activity is exhausting and I don't know how he does it all year round.
As mentioned in my previous post, I've found a lot of resources through Twinkl and so far, they have been amazing. They've been easy for Lily to understand and have been really easy to follow as a parent. Right now they have opened up a lot of their downloads for parents for FREE so do go and have a look.
One great activity for Lily's age group has been a Royal Wedding Maths Pack. All the activities are based around the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding plans which was really nice. It made the whole thing feel less like a lesson or learning tool and more like a fun activity to do together. We even watched a Royal Wedding while we completed it, though Lily instead on watching the Cambridge wedding. She loves the Duchess of Cambridge and will happily watch anything she appears on.
Activities in this pack included identifying 3D shapes by sorting wedding presents and we've worked on adding to 20 and taking away from 20 with a colours by answer mosaic. Each box for the pattern contains a sum, the answer of which relates to a colour and you build an image with these puzzles. The first one we've completed is a British flag.
English has been okay. Lily's teacher Mr H sent home a huge bundle of activities for her to do and has even included the answers for me! This was the subject I have been worrying about the most as it's a subject I was never confident in at school myself. So far we've completed some comprehension (which I haven't missed from school one bit) and Matt *tried* to do some other activities with her.
*Tried - code for Matt tried to teach Lily but neither of them have the patience with each other to make it a success!
As well as the usual lessons, we're also going to be having craft time. The idea is that we can make things to send to grandparents and other family members that we have to stay away from right now.
Lily is excited about her pen pal. She has sent her first letter to her friend and is now waiting for a response. I think it's such a nice thing to do right now and will give them both something to look forward to. For Lily, is also a nice way to enjoy improving her writing skills and handwriting!
The other problem though we have with home school though is trying to keep Cecily occupied while we help Lily. Right now, Cecily is going through a very jealous phase not just with Lily, but anyone who has mine or Matt's attention. I tried to give Lily a cuddle the other day and Cecily lost it! She just started screaming and trying to pull Lily off of me. It's just not nice! I miss my snuggles with them both. Hopefully it will be a short phase. The benefits of having another child mean that you've been through most of these things already, but there are things like sibling jealousy that make you feel like a newbie again!
I hope everyone is keeping themselves safe. We'll be posting what we're up to on our Instagram stories (@youngmumsurvival) and using the 'Stay at Home' badge to link up with everyone! We'd also love to see what you are all doing at home school!
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