The trick to teaching your child at home is to listen to what they are interested in and build off of this organically. Sometimes it is planting a seed so they are interested in trying something new, but often it is about asking questions. Yesterday my kids decided they wanted to build characters with plastic beads. They sat for a good 45 minutes working on their creations. When they were done they decided they wanted to turn them into puppets. Finally we decided together to use the puppets to write a puppet show script.
Extending the learning:
*How are you sorting the beads? By colour?
*Talk about the story elements: When and where does your story take place? Who are the characters? Do they face a problem? How do they solve the problem?
*Let's write down your story so you don't forget it!
Remember: Activities do not have to happen back to back. We took out our puppets later in the day and used the puppets to write a new script.
Measuring and More:
While Gavin was having quiet time with his dinos, Merryn and I started making Raisin Bread together. This project took 5 minutes here and there throughout the day. Here is the recipe link:
Learning Prompts for Parents:
*Look at the ingredients and ask your child which ingredients are solid (keep their shape) and which ones are liquid (take the shape of the container they are in).
*Before adding the yeast you can experiment and add yeast to cold water, warm water and boiling water look at the different reactions in the bowls after 10 minutes and google how yeast is activated:
*When rolling out the dough to 1 inch thick use a ruler to look at units of measurement
*When dividing dough into 3 equal parts look at fractions 1/3
*When rolling the dough into the loaves look at different 3D solids. What shape does it look like?https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/64950419602777841/
*When WAY too much sugar spills on the ground talk about why ants come into your kitchen in the spring! :)
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.