Over the years, I’ve been a primary school teacher, EdTech collaborator (for Seymour & Lerhn), and now home school teacher for my children.
I think it’s fair to say I’ve had quite a bit of experience of using tools and technology, to create home school ideas for parents and teachers to make the most of!
I thought I’d create a blog to share with you, and suggest some activities you can do at home with your children, during this time of teaching at home.
All the apps and software I will discuss are all free to use at the moment, so make the most of them!
Many businesses have generously lent their support to teachers and parents to help keep education going during the Coronavirus outbreak, so I’m sure I speak for the rest of the educational community when thanking these businesses for helping us to get through this.
So without further ado, here are some home school ideas for parents and teachers to make the most of.
Home school idea 1: Great Fire of London
My daughter has been learning about the Great Fire of London at school, so we did a home learning activity based around this topic!
First, we went on to Seymour & Lerhn and took a walk down Pudding lane.
We then logged on to Purple Mash (my child already has a school account, but this is now free for everybody) and used ‘2Animate’ to create our own animation of the Great Fire of London.
Home school idea 2: Material hunt
After learning about materials at school, I decided my daughter should go on a material hunt around our house!
Firstly, I used the Seymour & Lerhn ‘Materials’ virtual tour to find different materials in the virtual house.
Then using Seesaw, I created 4 pages for my daughter to go on a material hunt around our home!
Her challenge was to find 5 objects made of wood, material and glass…
… and she did!
Home school idea 3: Let’s go live with Maddie & Greg
Maddie & Greg have been uploading free daily lessons for children to do at home from their YouTube channel, so we’ve started to make use of them! I’d highly recommend them to parent’s who are currently homeschooling their children.
After watching our free daily lesson, we went into the garden to do our very own minibeast spotting and photography.
We found bees, woodlice, worms, and a range of small beetles (which we weren’t sure of exactly what they were!)
After we finished outside, we went on the Seymour & Lerhn animal habitats virtual tour, and had a look inside an ants nest!
Home school idea 4: Our home zoo!
We started this home school lesson by watching the Seymour & Lerhn Emperor Pengiun YouTube video, and found out where Emperor Penguins live, why they like the cold, how they’ve adapted to living in cold climates.
We then decided to invite an emperor penguin into our house, using only the Google search app.
We had so much fun we then invited lots of other animals. We even got a carrot to feed the shetland pony!
Simply download the Google search app on your device and search for animals such as a panda, emperor penguin or tiger, and scroll down to the 3D image section.
Then sit back, and watch your children be amazed by having full-sized animals in their home!
Home school idea 5: The alphabet hunt!
Why not start the day with a challenge?!
A quick idea I had was to set my daughters the task of collecting objects from around the house!
There is also a fun rule to add to this game…
…every object must fit on one plate!
That’s 26 objects from around the house, each object starting with a different letter, all fitting onto one plate.
Quite the challenge!
Home school idea 6: Mind and body
Its important to keep on top of your mental and physical well-being whilst we’re all stuck inside our own homes.
The same applies to our children – they’ve suddenly gone from running around school every day, burning their energy in the playground, to the seclusion of their own home.
Something for the body:
You can’t go wrong a with fun, family yoga session with Princess Poppy from Trolls!
Cosmic Yoga for kids is a great way to introduce mindfulness and relaxation to our children.
Its also fun for all the family to get involved!
Something for the mind:
Is there a better way to relax than have a story read to you?
I’m not sure there is – which is why I sat my 2 daughters down with the Seymour & Lerhn Jack and the Beanstalk Virtual Tour.
The girls loved exploring the different locations, and at one point my youngest was even scanning our living room for the giant!
You could also check out the YouTube version of the tour too:
Home school idea 7: Finger painting
After much consideration, we decided to create a fingerprint tree!
I told my girls that some famous artists actually make all their paintings using dots – so we decided to create a dotted fingerprint tree ourselves.
This activity is easily done at home, and is the perfect example of using interactive technology to inspire creativity.
Keep your eyes peeled!
I’ll be updating this page daily to keep you informed of what I’m doing to homeschool my two little ones.
Make sure you keep checking in to get new ideas for your own children or pupils!