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Home educators often try to replicate school at home when they begin homeschooling. At school there are lots of students and not a lot of one-one contact time between teacher and student. As homeschoolers we have the advantage of one on one tuition all the time so naturally our children will need less time per day.
Instead of giving them workbooks or busy work let them play and discover and investigate. Even baking cupcakes can become a science experiment by dividing the batter into three, add more or less baking powder and then see what happens to each set of cupcakes.
This is lesson time - breaks and outdoor activities or extra curricular aren't included.
You might be surprised but Homeschooling takes a lot less time than going to school all day.
20 mins of focused learning for a pre-schooler may not seem enough but remember they will be learning through play most of the time.
There is overlap in the older years because some students need more or less...
I've thought about this a lot in the past week and I'm hearing that many of my fellow teachers have too. I'm sure that most of us enjoy the weekends by going out, socialising with other people, visiting fun places and having wide open beaches and parks to enjoy especially in the current beautiful spell of weather we're having. Myself, I enjoy going for treatments at the salon it gives me an hour or so to myself in the generally quiet atmosphere of the salon while being pampered in some way; mani, pedi, blow dry, massage being in my top 4 choices so we decided to have a spa day at home today.
So for a simulated Thai massage I lay down on the floor and got my 3 and 5 year olds to jump up and down on my back. It was rejuvenating to say the least and it entertained them for a few mins too. Next it was time for a hair treatment so my eldest dyed my hair (and her clothes and the dining table!) I know I joke but it was lovely looking in the mirror after washing it and feeling a thousand...
More fun, free ideas for your kiddos
So what's been happening folks? Been anywhere nice lately? (sorry bad joke!)
It's getting a bit tedious trying to keep the children occupied at home but we've (un)luckily been busy with their schoolwork most of the week. My high schoolers are on zoom meetings now some of the time as well as my husband and I teaching pretty much all day. So a fun activity has been to send the littles off on a little hunt around the house... it keeps them occupied and the game can literally carry on for ages. I was on a facebook group where this lists were shared so i'm sharing them here too! Thanks to Amber Kothe and Yesette Terrazas
Another game to play is to hide a smallish object or teddy bear in the room and get them to hunt for it, as they get closer you say hotter and as they get further away you say colder. They'll start practicing their english as well, they'll start saying boiling hot or freezing cold, it gets more fun as they get more practice and more...
Hello!! Hope you're all well, this post was motivated by reading all these posts and memes on social media about lots of families being stuck together and the thousands of parents who are finding this time hard. Especially working parents, we have to somehow to double the work expected normally because we're under pressure to prove that we are actually working from home and do all the things at home without the usual help from people we outsource our chores to. We don't even own a lawnmower so I was thinking of going out there with a pair of scissors today is what I'm talking about! My husband putting hand sanitiser on my son's foot when he cut it, is another fun thing that happened today. We also played hide and seek and had to keep pretending not to find the 3 year old when she stuck her head under the sofa and I’m happy to announce- in an amazing turn of events our electic-homeschooling parenting style has somehow made the teenagers get around to not only cleaning...
Canons firing to mark the first day of Ramadan outside Dubai Mall (library picture)
Good morning, afternoon or evening wherever you are or whatever time you happen to read this note. I haven't been able to blog this weekend as together with many Muslims around the world we welcomed Ramadan in the UAE last Thursday. Our kids have their advent calendars ready and we made our own Ramadan celebration board to really get into the mood.
Ramadan Kareem to you all!
Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk for 30 days. Fasting because God asked them to do it. Of course it allows us to be more aware of how fortunate we are but the main essence of Ramadan is to get closer to God through extra prayer and worship. So if your students seem more tired this month cut them a bit of slack. In fact over here we're only teaching from 10am-2pm these days to ensure the students get some time to rest and recuperate. It is fascinating to note that almost all the Worlds' Religions practice fasting...
Hello everyone! Welcome back - I want to shout out to our new readers all the way from US, UAE and India - it's time like this in a global crisis we really realise how alike we all are!
This week has been very busy with the increase in online sessions for our children with their school and the continuation with our online lessons for our students. We haven't had a lot of down time as a family so we didn't really do anything as arty as these guys right here; Making heart window decorations (but I have put it on my list for posting in our neighbourhood FB.) Also you gotta love Banksy -always on point
I know that most of us are too busy to do all these fancy things so we've come up with some more easy ideas to have fun at home -ENJOY
So the restaurant idea was the easiest because all it involved was changing our venue for eating, the plan originally was to eat outside but by the time the food was ready it was dark so we changed to a meal in the living room, we placed cushions around...
Last blog I mentioned some quick recipes that will get you through the week and you can reuse parts of them for your meal the next day - top tip from Nadiya Hussain (UK)
Day 1: Meatball curry in red sauce and pasta. (add 2tsp of cumin, 1tsp salt and a dash of pepper, to 1kg of mince; add it to some boiling water ) you can flavour the water with onion, ginger, garlic, cumin and salt but remove the whole pieces before you add the tomato sauce. Pour it over your favourite pasta.
Day 2: The next day you can add boiled eggs to the meatballs and eat with some (shop bought) naan bread or white rice. You can make a quick chutney to add a bit of zing.
(Green Coriander and Mint Chutney Recipe: combine coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, peanuts , ginger, green chillies, sugar, lemon juice, salt to taste and grind to a smooth paste in a blender. Add very little water to blend the chutney well. www.archanaskitchen.com)
Day 3: Make a quick chicken...
We've been home for 2 months now, schools closed here on March 8th. My five year old has stopped asking when he'll be going back to school and my 3 year old has forgotten that there was time when we were all out at work and she was home alone with the Nanny. Slowly, slowly we got used to our new normal. We were gently plodding along; however this week I have been feeling really down and on the verge of a 'jolly good cry' a few times. I've been saying all along this is not easy but we can and will do this! Compared to what other nations have been through before us this is a small test but the fact that it's so small and we're complaining so much is proof of how far mankind has come.
I'm trying to stay positive, keep my kids' spirits up and at least chip away each day at at least 3-4 of a mountain of tasks that seems to grown as fast as it can each time I close my laptop. I've decided to take it easy and do what I can and refuse to feel guilty about...