Home school help needed!

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ElectronBlue's picture
Joined: 27/07/2011 - 10:11
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Home school help needed!
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Need some tips from homeschoolers, teachers and well just about everyone really *grin*

Alex's school has a new build, on a different site from the old one. They are moving soon, and are shutting the school for over a week but potentially more while they do the changeover. That's all fine and legal and what have you. No issues with that, I'm lucky enough to work from home so there's no implications job wise etc.

I've told Alex that he is NOT having a 2 week mid-half-term holiday, and that we are going to be working during that time. i suspect letting him have it off to chill (ie play on the wii all day) would be very bad for him, so a temporary home school it is.

I've got a stack of Sats papers he can work through that will occupy some of the time, and I shall be making very wide use of the worksheets here, thanks TSR!- but I was looking for more ideas to support his learning in other areas.

Because of my issues, and his issues (what a pair eh!), we can't go anywhere too busy, noisy or crowded. I thought we could take advantage of the off peak swimming rates at the local baths (pe) and I thought perhaps a trip to the local cathedral (RE and possibly Art- there's some rather fine stained glass and other artwork there, and we could maybe then do some glass painting off the back of that if I get the stuff) but I'm really open to lots and lots of ideas

Of course lunch out and some other fun stuff is a must Smile

Thanks in advance Smile

JacquiL's picture
Joined: 26/11/2009 - 11:56
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There is a fantastic military museum not far from you, so history covered

Ummbintaini's picture
Joined: 01/12/2009 - 18:19
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Some ideas I've been using lately (though my daughter's just 5 so they would probably need a lot of adapting, it's just to give some general ideas) and some others I've been thinking of for the future

Wikipedia lessons - we look up a topic on wikipedia together, she can't read it but I read the interesting (for a 5 yr old) bits to her and we talk aout the pictures, then she draws a picture of what she learned about, and also tells me about what she's drawn which I write down on the picture.  - for an older child/teen this could be a mini research project (but make sure you review the wikipedia page(s) on the topic first for suitable/age appropriate content - there's a "simple English" wikipedia too (listed under other languages) which is designed for school students and learners of English as a foreign language) - this of course can be applied to any topic but works best for Geography, history and science.

You tube has educational videos on it, for example I'm doing insects with my daughter and found some lovely videos of butterfly metamorphosis, of course anything on you tube must be thoroughly reviewed because of all the jokers, but don't let that put you off there's some really nice educational stuff on there too.

Photography, either as an art project or to support a project on another subject... If you have the equipment, e.g. a video editor on a smart phone or video camera, he could make a short film as a project.  In the future I'm planning on having my daughter start her own blog and put creative and educational projects on there (supervised by me and on my blog account because of the nature of blogging and the internet) and of course this supports literacy.  (I have to wait until she's more literate than she currently is lol, of course we're spending a lot of time doing phonics right now)

Learning to touch type (there are some good free typing tutors online) (that's another future plan one for my daughter!)

I'm going to be doing some baking with her as a maths lesson (measuring volume and weight, using an analogue and an electric scale) it's also chemistry, as in chemical changes from heat (as opposed to physical changes like melting which are reversable.

Hope there's something that you like from those ideas anyway Smile

summertime's picture
Joined: 01/10/2010 - 09:14
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can you find out from school what topics they are covering so that you can be supporting his learning in those areas, eg if they are looking at cells in science you can make a cell model  using various size sweets for the large vacuole, nucleus and chloroplasts all mixed together in a bog (to represent the cell membrane) filled with jelly (to represent the cytoplasm) all put in a plastic container (representing the cell wall)

I worked with a young lad who had autism who wasnt able to enter the mainstream classroom at all so became quite good at individualising his curriculm to make it more hands on for him so if you need any ideas let me know

Leeds's picture
Joined: 26/11/2009 - 09:37
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What topic is he studying in history?  There may be a Tudor/medieval/Roman etc museum or castle near to you, which probably supplies visitors with work sheets .................

Maybe make a volcano?  I've never done it, but don't think it is too hard and there must be a "recipe" on the web.  Probably fun for a 13 year old too!  Bit of science and geography.

Would he be interested in something like making his own comic, as an ongoing think throughout the week to support art and design and English?  Or a Harry Potter magazine, or newspaper?  Sticking pictures in isn't as easy as you think when you have to work out where to place them in relation to the text etc, so that the overall effect is good.