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The Perfect Home-Schooling Essentials

The Perfect Home-Schooling Essentials
As a primary school teacher and Mumma to two beautiful boys, William 4 and Edward 2, I have seen the benefits hands on learning can offer not only for increasing a child’s engagement and excitement for learning but also ensuring learning is consolidated and therefore more likely to be retained.

If you are thinking of embarking on the journey of home-schooling or are simply looking for a few ideas to challenge, engage or gently prepare your little one for formal schooling you have co me to the right place.Before I share a few simple ideas and activities I would like to reassure you that home-schooling does not need to be daunting, having taught remotely during the 2021 lockdown with both boys at home I found that simple, quick activities were the most powerful.

A few valuable resources I have found worthwhile investing in, which have made our home-schooling journey achievable include some tactile letters and numbers (little learners need plenty of opportunities to touch and feel numbers and letters), playdough (you can make this easily at home with your little one and let the activity guide the learning, e.g. measuring, looking at fractions, reading and following simple instructions) , fine motor tools (brushes, tongs, scoops to ensure fine motor skills can be learnt and importantly the muscles in the fingers needed for holding a pencil can be developed) and finally tactile counters (you could use anything from match box cars, animals or even marbles but again children need plenty of opportunities to count and order objects and importantly develop their one-to-one correspondence when counting a given collection).

Finally, I use a play tray (which could be a large cardboard box) as often our activities are a little messy and the tray helps to contain the mess to an extent.

To kick-start your home-schooling journey I will now share a super easy, fun and a little messy hands-on activity to explore numbers with your little one. Depending on their age, capabilities, etc the activity could be easily modified.

For this activity I used a packet of biscuits I had spare in my pantry to create a sand like sensory base so my son could trace numbers, print numbers and play hide and seek with the numbers. Our Qtoys number puzzle was perfect for this part of the activity.

We then used our Qtoys wooden two-tone balls to count out and practice our one-to-one correspondence when counting numbers.

Images & Blog by Belinda Denning

@belindalouisedenning 

 

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