That completes our first “School” term> It’s now School Holidays & I’m going to use this time to re evaluate our term, learning, look at some new goals and interests we’d like to follow up on. I’d like to get some resources together and prepare for “term 2”.
(I’m currently choosing to follow the school term because the requirements for home educating is that you can prove that your child is receiving the same (if not more) learning time than children attending schools. In truth because you are not restricted by time as a home educator you would probably find that home educated children get more than enough education time as other students.
You’ll note I don’t keep timing the children’s activities- their day starts at the crack of dawn (which is why they often are watching a DVD while the adults in the house are still trying to rise) and they continue to play & learn right through till they are being forced into bed (even though they would much rather continue to play and explore and cause havoc throughout the house).
Ideally we would have more of a routine by the time we start our “official” home school year next year- this I’m sure will become easier as we find our groove. In the last couple of weeks we have started a “Chore Chart” where each morning the children need to complete the “jobs” on their list in order to choose one DVD to watch that day & in the evenings another set of “jobs” in order to choose one Bed Time story each before bed. This in itself is helping us all to establish more routine- as the kids really want to just get on and watch something! (or as Mayhem informed me the other day “I need to do my jobs, so I can get money to save up for another thunderbird!” – he’s been listening to us telling him that Grandad and Daddy go to work to earn money & he wants to be just like them.
Although there isn’t a lot of schedule keeping or order to our lives currently, there is one thing that is for sure (as we’ve found out at the end of this term) is that there WILL be hiccups along the way (such as sickness/ injury)- this is why I initially decided to go with 6 day weeks to begin with & only one “day off” a week – as to be prepared for times where BLOBBING, REST & RECOVERY were necessary.
- Of course much is learnt during these (sick)days as well- learning how to be compassionate toward their siblings, helping to comfort and look after one another, understanding that sometimes in life we need to take the back seat and put the needs of others first, and seeing/ experiencing first hand why it’s important to look after ourselves- Not to mention being grateful and making the most of the good times!… ALL of this is a wonderful lesson in life! (and in saying this I guess those rough 2 weeks have probably been of great benefit to us all).
Mum suggested making a map of our city and pin pointing different locations/ activities we could do with the kids (e.g. Train rides, attractions, Parks, Mountains/ Volcanoes) and allow them to pick a place that we visit each week- so we give this a try next term too.
Over the ‘school break’ there’s always plenty of family activities aimed at children so we will definitely be checking a few of them out & take photos of all our adventures along the way.. in the meantime enjoy the break & we’ll be back posting in 2 weeks time!
We Visited some great places this term including:
Great Grandma & Grandads
Nanny & Poppas (+ Aunts, Uncle & Cousin)
Great Nanas (where our Great Aunts, Uncles, & cousins also come for family lunch)
Hampton Downs Raceway
Steel Mill lookout
Manukau Heads Lighthouse
Refuse & Recycle Centre (with Natural/ Unschooling- Home Educated Facebook group.)
Russell, Bay of Islands
Puhoi Cheese Factory
We’ve done some fun stuff too:
Play dough- sensory- texture, colour, smell
Sticker book activities
Train play- Building/ Construction
Water play- colours/ slide/ balloons/ rain
Balancing- Swiss Ball, Bikes, Boards
Maths- number recognition (chalk, bikes, counting)
Looking after & playing with the animals
Jumping- ground, trampoline, jolly jumper
Creating little worlds (dinosaurs)
Pretend play- imagination- kitchen, toys, Boat
Nature play- exploring backyard, parks, muddy puddles
Made recycled craft- wind chime
Tummy time- play mat, bath
Free exploration- garden, parks, home
Car/ Digger Play- getting mucky, racing
We’ve had so much fun… and I can’t believe we have done so much in the space of one term! I honestly don’t think we did this many field trips in the space of one YEAR when I was at school…
…I can’t wait to see where we end up next term!
(watch this space)