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Started by mingmong on Mar 19, 2020 1:07:44 PM
Homeschooling tips, links and mutual support

With schools closing down, many of will be becoming teachers as well as parents to our kids over the next few weeks.

Thread to exchange ideas and experiences.

mingmong - 19 Mar 2020 13:19:26 (#1 of 24)

Our provisional plan is to divide the day in half, with Mrs Ming taking care of the morning and myself and the Minglet doing stuff in the afternoon. We will probably work primarily with the stuff the school sends us, as well as some (hopefully) fun/interesting stuff that doesn't get covered in school: ranging from nature trails, to DIY, cooking, and web development.

We won't be able to supervise all day, so some reading and independent learning will need to take place.

Computer access will need to be controlled, and if there is an easy way of blocking and associated domains I'd be interested to know about it.

PickleRae - 19 Mar 2020 13:20:55 (#2 of 24)

I’m currently doing a treasure hunt with mine (8, 6 and 2): I’ve got a dice and cards with shapes and cards with colours. Roll dice, pick cards, find (for example) 4 blue circles. I’ve been brought a plate, cup, pen and a toy police helmet. The bonus is that I get to sit down and have things brought to me.

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mingmong - 19 Mar 2020 13:24:07 (#4 of 24)

Minglet might obviously be at a later and more torpid stage.

He is, and all the more reason for the exercise.

I usually either go for a swim or a walk or a run at some point during the day. Over the next few weeks, the Minglet will be coming too - whether he likes it or not.

mingmong - 23 Mar 2020 15:37:26 (#5 of 24)

Day 1 of Ming Family Homeschool seems to have gone OK. The school have been good at providing instructions and resources through their VLE, so we've not had to draw on our own (somewhat limited) pool of ideas yet.

In the morning, the Minglet did geography and maths with Mrs Ming, while I got on with my own work. Mid-morning we did an exercise on subordinate clauses, supervised by myself. Pre lunch, we read for half an hour (no fidgeting, no devices) in the garden, before going for a 2K run in the park.

After lunch, we did some research on Victorian schooling, and walked down to the Minglet's old school and took some photos. Afterwards, Minglet typed up his notes, and we knocked off at 2.45 pm

In other news, I have just brought 500 Glencore shares for less than 700 quid. Two years time they will be two if not three times that value.

TenGorillas - 23 Mar 2020 15:48:41 (#6 of 24)

We’ve been doing this for a week and it’s all a bit Lord of the flies at this point. One thing that is working well is the Joe Wicks body coach five minute workouts on YouTube.

mingmong - 01 Apr 2020 10:07:48 (#7 of 24)

The Minglet has unexpectedly taken up the piano again. He was playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata this morning.

Extraordinary and quite out of character.

col2001 - 01 Apr 2020 12:36:47 (#8 of 24)


English -

Maths -

Coding -

col2001 - 01 Apr 2020 12:37:11 (#9 of 24)

On tablets, Doodlemaths is fab

bossab2 - 01 Apr 2020 12:39:54 (#10 of 24)

Teenager staying in bed till lunchtime.

Whats 'homeschooling' :-)

mingmong - 01 Apr 2020 12:40:33 (#11 of 24)

Thanks Col.

English has been the hardest, as its the minglet's least preferred subject. That literacy shed stuff might help

elderberry - 01 Apr 2020 12:56:13 (#12 of 24)

I don't know whether this is either accessible outside Ireland, or useful given that there'll be some Irish-language content, but just in case it's any help . . .

One hour a day, presented by primary school teachers

Rendered - 01 Apr 2020 12:56:23 (#13 of 24)

There may be some suitable resources here, mingers.

Crayola - 01 Apr 2020 12:57:38 (#14 of 24)

OH is a. scout leader. There is some good stuff here. Everything from cooking to coding.

Rendered - 01 Apr 2020 13:00:40 (#15 of 24)

More coding for kids

col2001 - 01 Apr 2020 13:03:29 (#16 of 24)

Ming - what age, please?

mingmong - 01 Apr 2020 13:10:11 (#17 of 24)

Thanks all. The challenge will be getting him off the computer, even for a moment.

During the holidays, in lieu of official school work, the Minglet will be required to join either me or Mrs Ming for our daily walk. My walks take ages and involve walking up hills trying to find long barrows etc, so I imagine he'll go with Mrs Ming on that one. This means I'll probably be responsible for the other, non-outdoors activity he has to do at some point in the morning.

Coding stuff is good though, and counts as a break from his normal activity of playing roblox and exchanging sarcastic comments with other overweight kids of his age (11). It is also one of the few things I know about that he's interested in.

annetjie - 17 Apr 2020 19:59:21 (#18 of 24)

Primary links - which should give you some ideas for KS3 as well..

KS3/4 from Passmore's are helpful.

bossab2 - 17 Apr 2020 21:32:55 (#19 of 24)

Buy a lego mindstorms kit and get him to build programmable robots.

foxybrown - 17 Apr 2020 23:13:09 (#20 of 24)

Bbc channels are starting on Monday

Ive been using twinkl website, its one the teachers used a lot anyway.

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