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Calling those who HE with a structure!

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LovingTheRain Mon 07-Sep-09 18:14:45

Evening all. I am very new to HE, and am teaching my friend's 3 children for a month before they move abroad. She wants structure and me to provide it, which is fine, but I would love some ideas.

Here is what we did today.

9.45 - 10am Maths mental oral starters
10 - 10.30am - individual time ( I worked with the youngest who is 5), the other two completed the work I set for them.

snack time

11 - 12pm Literacy including me hearing them read

12 - 12.30pm Played board games that linked to reading and numbers

Lunch time

2 - 2.15pm Took them to the park. We did a little bit of science, looking at rolling the ball down the slide, pushes and pulls etc

2.15 - 2.30 - Weather. Looked at types of weather, talked about the clothes you would need for each type of weather

2.30 - 2.45 story time.

I am not sure the work is hard enough for the eldest, who would now be a year 3. I have always taught reception in school and sso I am not sure what I should be doing.

Help please!!! [grin-

lolapoppins Mon 07-Sep-09 20:11:14


I only HE my ds who is 6 (will be 7 in a few weeks) and would be starting Y2 if he were in school now.

Our day usually goes like this.

(We usually stick to these times, but have all been known not to surface until 10am, so sometimes the times are pushed forward blush)

8.30 - 9.30
- Education city website, Maths and English. usually 2 english exercises, one maths and the accompanying work sheets(the science on ed city was a joke, we finished all the y2 work in two weeks)

9.30 - 11

- English language and comprehension (go over whatever we have done with ed city, sylables or vowels for example) and a page from an English SATS work book. He will write a short story/diary entry and illustrate it as creative writing/handwriting practice. Spelling test once a week.

- Maths - a page from a Maths SATs work book and some simple add/subtract/multiplicaion/money/fractions in an exercise book to tie in with the work book

11 - 12ish

we will do a page of a science work book and possible some practical science to go with it, or do history. I have a KS1 history lesson book and we do a lesson from that and we also have a project topic each term. We usually do science one day, history the next.

Some days we have done all that by half 10 or 11 though, depending on how easy he has found things.

Afternoon, we will walk the dogs for a bit, spend some time at the big pond with his net looking at the fish (but he's not really outdoorsy at all), or just hang around the house having free time watching TV for a bit, or ds will read and draw alone. We also try to fit in guitar practice for 15 mins most days.

I don't do 'formal' reading anymore, as he reads so much with the work he does, and he takes a big stack of books to bed and reads out loud (very loud, grrr!) for as long as he can get away with every night and is actually really good at reading.

Once a week, he has a tutor come for Maths and English for two hours in the morning, so that replaces my morning schedule on a mon, and fridays he has a guitar lesson in the morning so things are shifted around.

Evenings, he does Kerate twice a week, drama once a week and french once a week.

We also have a day at a home ed group once every couple of weeks and I try to arrange for him to meet up with another kid/kids once a week. I would love him to see other kids more, but everyone else is always so busy, so sometimes once a week or once every couple of weeks is all I can mange to set up for him sad. He does see kids at kerate and drama, but they don't get a chance to just hang out and chat, and we live in the middle of nowhere so have to travel so far to get to the activities that parents are reluctant ferry their kids around to meet up with ds.

We still do all his work if people are round, we just fit it in earlier. Oh, and twice a week his grandfather comes over and the spend a couple of hours playing monopoly/cluedo/snakes and ladders etc, ds loves board games and I cannot bear them, so it works out well!

Sounds like we have quite full days reading that, but actually, we have quite a lot of free time.

My ds is very book academic. So am I (and so is DH who teaches him when he works from home), so it suits us well to work that way. We tried more informal learning by going out and about and looking at science in nature etc and it made us all miserable and jusr did not work at all, he much prefers learing from a book first and then seeing things.

What you are doing sounds great, and as long as the kids are happy, that's all that matters.

musicposy Tue 08-Sep-09 12:46:45

Hi there, why don't you have a look here which links to the govt sites and to the maths and literacy frameworks. Then you can see what they think should be covered at each age. The eldest is key stage 2. I home ed my two but they are older than yours (year 9 and year 6), however, I do privately tutor as well, including Y3s. It does sound too easy for a year 3 child to me, to be honest, but does that matter? It depends what your friend is wanting you to give them. If it's someone just to fill in a bit before they go abroad and they are happy and enjoying what you are doing, job done. Keep doing what you are doing and all have fun!

If you are being paid to keep them up to an educational standard,however, I think the work you are doing is fine for the 5 year old, but needs to be pitched higher for the 7 year old, assuming they have no learning difficulties.

You might find getting the eldest to work through some curriulum linked books helpful, try this. We find these books great - sadly my year 6 daughter is finishing them now, but I use them with children I tutor. They are very clear and will follow the curriculum exactly.

Well done for doing that for your friend! She is very lucky grin

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