This is it. The eve of our first ‘official unofficial Home Schooling’ day. I say official unofficial, because she’s still registered at school over the holidays while we trial run Home Education. I have a rough idea of how we’ll lay out our routine, but I’m going to go with the flow and see how The Child wants to do things.
I’ve printed out our first worksheets. I found a lovely blog called 3dinosaurs.com via Pintrest. I’ve got a lot of her printables pinned for future use (We need colour ink, black and white printables aren’t as fun 😀 ) Her and another blog called Royal Baloo are doing something called “Jump In To Summer Learning“, which is 5 weeks of worksheets and printables for tots, pre-k, kindergarden and First Grade. After a bit of research I discovered The Child is currently at Kindergarden level, which is Reception for us Brits. So I went with that level, but I printed some of the First Grade (Year One) sheets too that I thought would be challenging, but not so hard that she has a meltdown. Fine line, people, fine line!
The first theme for the sheets is ‘Space’. So we have four, black and white but very lovely, worksheets printed out. They include a bit of maths and english/writing skills.
I’ve also been looking at some “Morning Binders” or “Calender Binders” which are kinda what they sound like they are! A little bunch of sheets which are about the date, time, weather which include a few maths and english skills along the way. Tally charts for marking the days spend ‘in school’, a section for recording the temperature (Need to invest in a thermometer, but my phone tells me the average for now.), a clock face, bits to record the weather for the month. I’ve ended up using the pages from Homeschoolcreations.net, which you can find here. She has a little video giving you a tour through one of her kids Calender Notebook. It seems like a really lovely way to start the morning of learning, a few simple skills to warm the brain up! At the moment my pages are, yup, black and white. But once I refil the printer I’ll be printing it out in colour and laminating the sheets. (I’ll also be changing the $ for a £ on one of her pages too 😉 )
I’m hoping our routine will be; breakfast, morning folder, worksheets, and then we’ll go with The Child’s flow. There’s various Lapbooks I have lined up, and she has at the moment a trial to readingeggs.co.uk and mathseed.co.uk both of which she adores. I also have different arts and crafts ideas lined up, and ideas for some ‘field trips’. Although those will be at a minimum at the moment, as it’s the school holidays they’ll all be really busy, and we don’t do loud, busy places.
I’ve printed myself out some sheets to start my “Home School Planner”, as inspired by this post over at Kirstenjoyawake.com. I’m not sure about the level of planning I’ll need, but if anything I have a rough idea for our days, and can use them to record what we do, rather than plan it. I’ve included a page for extra-curricular activities, field trips, a book log, and also printed out July and August from my Google Calender for note making!
I’m both nervous and incredibly excited. Phew! Now it’s time to tidy up and get the table ready for home schooling!!
Wish us luck!!!