Long term projects

With many parents homeschooling g for the first time there is a huge amount of perceived pressure to do a lot of work.

The first thing to say is that the children should always work harder than you!

Don’t spend hours creating a worksheet that they will take 5 minutes to complete. It will be soul destroying and you will burn out quickly.

A great way to make sure there is always something to do is to start a long term project.

Freya, who is 6, has just finished a project on plants. Her book can be viewed here:

We started by making a note of what a Freya already knew about plants – so as not to repeat learning, then created a list of what she wanted to learn about. This gave me a structure for planning but also meant that Freya was excited about starting the project as she was driving it.

Whenever we had spare time Freya pushed to work on her project, rather than the other way round, and the research took us down lots of interesting and long term routes….

We covered:

  • Non fiction reading
  • Note taking
  • Summarizing
  • Features of non fiction texts
  • Annotated diagrams
  • Bullet points
  • writing non fiction texts
  • Planning experiments
  • Carrying out experiments
  • Writing up experiments
  • Paper making
  • Seed planting
  • glossary making
  • Contents page making

And much much more. We did 10 lessons on plants before we ran out of space in the book and ran out of steam and ideas…

So find an interest, any interest with your child(ten) and use this as a focus for a few days, or even weeks, of activities so there is less work for you to do.

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