We’re still finding out feet with this home education thing, and every week we seem to try different things, from being more relaxed and going with the flow to putting a more ridged routine in place. It’s all about trying things out and finding out what work’s for us as a family at this time. I’ve decided recently that we need a little bit more structure to our weeks. just because I feel like I should be providing more interesting activities for the girls to do if they feel like it, and without much of a theme to base it around I wasn’t feeling very inspired. So I’ve decided to introduce our own version of a book based curriculum and see how we go with that for a while. The first book we are going to explore is
We’re going on a bear hunt
by Michael Rosen
I’ve called our little curriculum ‘Read Explore Create’ because those are the three pillars of our home education philosophy I suppose and the three things that I want us to do every single week.
So I’ve followed the basic idea that you read the same book every day for five days, and then there is one activity a day based around a theme from the book. The activities are quite open ended, they could take five minutes or they could take all day, you can go as far as you want with them. Each day you have the opportunity to end up with some sort of product from the day’s activity, and these can be stuck in a scrapbook or a folder to make a record of all your work on that book if you want to.
I thought that as I’ve gone to all this trouble to make up a week’s worth of activities then it would be rude not to share them with you guys, and I also thought it would be fun if some of us could be doing the same book at the same time!
If you want to join in with us then all you need to do is pop your email in here and I will send all the instructions and printables straight to your inbox. I would love it if you could pop over to my facebook page and share your photos of what you’ve been up to, it makes it extra fun and I think the children will enjoy seeing their work up there with everyone else’s. Maybe you think of a really cool activity that isn’t on my list? I’d LOVE you to come and share it with us!
All you need to join in is a printer, watercolour paints (we use these ones but you can pick them up cheaply from any art shop) brushes and paper, and a dice.
I know that everyone has busy weeks so there’s absolutely no pressure to stick to the schedule that I’ve set out, that’s just the way that we’ll be doing it but feel free to adapt it to suit yourselves. You can do the whole thing in one day if you want, there are no rules here.
My girls are 3 and nearly five, so I’ve aimed the activities at their age group and a bit older but obviously it depends on the individual child and I’m sure with a bit of thought you could adapt it for a wider age range too. Ernie, my 1 year old will just be listening to the story and probably running around throwing things…
If you like the idea then let me know in the comments. If it works well this week then I will choose another book next week and carry on going so I’m looking for suggestions! What’s your favourite children’s book?
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