Thursday, 18 August 2011
Resources Carnival (Pt two)
I have a few more subjects to cover on here even though I am wondering now if I should have done a whole post on android apps or websites like google body browser and how long we will even have paper books as, in our home and family, we have no CDs or DVDs anymore (thanks to sonos, media centre & a memory stick for the car) but enough techno philosophy we will always have places to visit (I guess!)
In Pt one I covered reading and art, English, history and science
In Part two I hope to cover maths, PE, geography, religion & music.
S loves the KS2 bytesize tasks on the BBC website. I keep thinking I will sign us up for mathletics or similar but calling out sums whilst playing catch seems to be occupying us at the moment. We like shut the box too and halving recipes. I haven't personally used this but I hear good things about it. Times Tables audio songs are useful in the car if you like that sort of thing! As are all audiobooks if you spend time driving around.
We have been doing a private gymnastics lesson for a couple of years now but are going to stop it come September. Swimming is the focus these days, one of the brilliant things about not being constrained by school hours is going swimming in the middle of a week day when there is no one else in the water.
Over the last year we have had fun making maps of our village, we have a Peters projection world map and a globe (not Peters sadly but it does light up!) and some great London map wrapping paper that we often talk about.
S loves to talk about the Greek Gods, Ancient Egyptian and Roman Gods and we have really enjoyed films like Jason and the Argonauts where the gods are watching down on everyone.
Although there are shortcomings to having arranged this post by subject classification it has exposed music as a current gap in my strewing plans, despite the daily blog titles! We do listen to music most of the time but have little in the way of instruments or formal lessons on our agenda at the moment.
But those are the resources I use for my children, my resource is my support network which, in my case, is my local group. Here in West Sussex we have 140 families in our facebook group which is alive with people talking about the books they are reading, meals they are making and special offers on local places but if your local group is small the national and international ones are great too. I would recommend finding the one that suits you and your style and approach and investing some time in it building connections and establishing a rap-or. It might just come to your rescue on a rainy day!
NB - This post is my contribution to the liveotherwise resources carnival - check out some of the others they are great.