Back to Work

With one thing and another we really came off the boil over the summer and didn’t seem to achieve anything and behaviour definitely seemed to suffer as a result. Therefore, decided to start the new academic year with a new ‘structured’ approach. How long it will last time will tell but so far so good and everyone seems happier.

The idea is that for Jack morning is work time. I give him a list of things to do in a book and he manages them. After that he is free to do as he wishes. Haven’t told him but I have relaxed my computer/tv rules as to be honest if we are working all morning then out late afternoon for whatever that day’s activity is there isn’t a huge amount of time for him to play on them anyway. However, he does seem to be self regulating and is happy grabbing the last of the summer sun in the garden.
Workwise Jack is using CGP for Maths, Galore Park for English, Science and History, DK Spanish and Geog and everything else I make up as we go along.
For Sam, we are trying to follow “The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading” as well as learning the dolch words. I’m not convinced by phonics personally but Sam seems to struggle a bit with picking out sounds in speech (and as a result it can be difficult to understand him sometimes) so thought I’d see if this helps. Maths we are finishing off his Heinnekken books but plan to start Math-U-See in the next few weeks.
For everything else for Sam I am hoping to use an approach inspired by “Five in a Row
The idea is that you read a book for 5 days on the trot and each day follow up with an activity, covering art, science, humanities, creative language and applied maths. I loved the idea and some of the books were nice but having seen the manual it left me cold. There was little progression of ideas and there was still an awful lot of planning needed.
Therefore I have decided to raid my bookcases and the library and come up with my own version. Advantage being I can feed in from what Jack is doing, home ed trips etc. Having sketched out a term I still have loads of books/idea so hopefully will
manage at least a year or so.
Anyway this weeks book is
Part of a vegetables/healthy eating theme as I try to inspire Sam to not be so fussy.
Monday, Jack worked through Maths, English, Science and labelled some maps of America, including playing the states games on here and the joined Sam for his ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ activity of making food pyramids.
Then Sam started his new gymnastics class which he loved.
Tuesday – while Jack and I explored physical maps Sam played with the blocks from his Math-U-See.
Then we tried identifying vegetables
Tying together Jack’s science (human body) and Sam’s vegetable theme we used all of our senses to describe a carrot.
And then turned it into poems

A Carrot by Jack

Long, orange gun
Snaps with a bang
Sweet tasting
Smells like a rabbit hutch
A Carrot by Sam
Smells like dino poo
Rough and cold
Crunchy like crisps
Afternoon left time for an Egyptian v’s Persians battle

And bubbles. Always time for bubbles.

Jack had his first recorder/piano lesson which was a hit and then started Cubs coming back buzzing and excited.
Jack wrote and with a bit of help laid out a magazine article about foxes.

On the vegetable theme Sam made some dye from onion skins and dyed a t-shirt
Then I showed that you don’t need to be a ‘dangerous boy’ despite what the book says to build a fab den.

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