Learning at home

Thinking creatively

The month is up, but learning at home is not stopping... I love this activity that can be adapted to children (and adults) of all ages and interests. Having more than one possible answer can reduce the fear of being 'wrong' and helps build confidence in our own ideas. Encouraging children to give voice to… Continue reading Thinking creatively

Learning at home

Construction working

More information on fine motor skills for writing can be found here. A downloadable copy of this OT booklet on pencil grasp is here. Other ideas for games and activities to boost fine motor coordination and finger strength are here. Other downloadable resources are here. Daily posts will be collated under the Learning at Home… Continue reading Construction working

Learning at home

Draw what I say!

Today's activity for learning through fun is one that can be enjoyed by all ages. I've used line drawings and given colouring instructions,  or simple drawings to be embellished, or started with a blank sheet of paper, a whiteboard or chalkboard. Gauge your learner - introduce concepts of colour, angles, complex shape names and more… Continue reading Draw what I say!

Learning at home

Target!

Throughout April I am posting ideas and resources to help develop children’s skills for learning through play. Today, you’ll find two copies of the 100-square that can be downloaded. The first is unmarked, except for the numbers, of course. the second is a simple block of 100 empty squares. You can download a blank copy… Continue reading Target!

Learning at home

Ball games

Today's activity might get you active and outdoors, but a lightweight beach-ball can be quite safe inside if the weather is unkind. More information on gross motor skills for writing can be found here. Ideas to support writing posture are here. Ideas to support writing position are here. Other downloadable resources are here. Daily posts… Continue reading Ball games

Learning at home

Hidden treasure

This activity can easily be set in a specific room, all around the house, or in the garden. Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – simplify as necessary or make it more complex. Older children can cope with more sophisticated language, more difficult or more numerous description, for example, a combination of… Continue reading Hidden treasure

Learning at home

Matching and sorting

Today's tip can incorporate drawing, cutting and sticking, sorting small-word toys, everyday items and garden finds... Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – simplify as necessary or make it more complex. As well as being a great mutisensory learning experience for dyslexic children or anyone with specififc learning difficulties, this type of… Continue reading Matching and sorting

Learning at home

What did you say?!

The latest in a series of weekday tips to help develop chidren's skills for learning through play. Today's game is an old favourtite. It can be played by the whole family, regardless of age, and can help develop listening skills and sound discrimination. Posts are gathered together under the Learning at Home tab. You can… Continue reading What did you say?!

Learning at home · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

100-square activities

Today's daily offering is perhaps a little more conventional, but there are so many ways to adapt this maths challenge to suit those just starting out with number recognition or those whose pattern recogniton skills are at an advanced level.Now we've found a few ways to use the 100 square for games, here are a… Continue reading 100-square activities

Learning at home

In-hand manipulation

Today we're looking at fun ways to build strength and dexterity for pencil control. More information on fine motor skills for writing can be found here. A downloadable copy of the OT-inspired booklet on pencil grasp is here. Other ideas for games and activities to boost fine motor coordination and finger strength are here. Other… Continue reading In-hand manipulation

Learning at home

Comparatively speaking

Today's idea is one that can be slotted in to almost any situation. Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – you might just chat, or you might follow up with measuring roughly, or later, accurately. You can use everyday objects to measure – step out distances, or use known quantities rather than… Continue reading Comparatively speaking

Learning at home

What’s that sound?

Today's activity can be planned or impromptu. Stop for a moment and listen to the sounds around you. Right now, I can hear the dog's tag jongling as she pads around the kitchen. The fridge is humming. Someone is walking in a bedroom overhead. I'm not sure how many different birds I can make out,… Continue reading What’s that sound?

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Letters and sounds

Today's activity is one that can be adapted in so many ways. Window cleaning due soon - why not use the glass in a patio door as a whiteboard? (Check your markers are glass-safe first, of course) Writing on an upright surface - e.g. an easel, the side of a bath, a shower screen -… Continue reading Letters and sounds

Learning at home

Bored or boardgames

Throughout April I am posting ideas and resources to help develop children's skills for learning through play. Today, you'll find two copies of the 100-square that can be downloaded. The first is unmarked, except for the numbers, of course. the second is a simple block of 100 empty squares. There are many ways to use… Continue reading Bored or boardgames

Learning at home

We’re going on a sound hunt!

For today's offering, an old favourite that works at home or out on a daily walk. Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – simplify as necessary or make it more complex. Older children can cope with more sophisticated language and less visually obvious targets. This helps build comprehension and vocabulary skills as… Continue reading We’re going on a sound hunt!

Learning at home

Sort it out

Each weekday during April, as we're all at home, I'm sharing ideas to help develop children's skills for learning through play. Today's offering combines helping out at home with following instructions. There's a healthy dose of maths on the side, too! Adapt the concept to suit children’s ages and stages – simplify as necessary or… Continue reading Sort it out

Early Years · Language and literacy skills · Learning at home · Special Education

Word games

It's Wednesday, so we're working on word games in today's daily offering. Playing with alliteration (words starting with the same letter), onset and rime (the first sound and the bit that makes the rhyme) and rhythm (noticing the number of syllables, the length of the word) can help to build skills for spelling and to… Continue reading Word games

Learning at home · Special Education

Household chores

A few ideas for developing pencil control

Learning at home

Silly stories

Here's today's addition to your toolbox of activities to develop learning at home in ways that are less formal and (I hope) more fun.This game adapts well to participants of all ages. The youngest children or least confident writers can team up with older siblings or parents and practise their communication skills through coherent whispering.… Continue reading Silly stories

Learning at home · Mathematics and problem-solving skills

Stealth maths

To lighten the load on unaccustomed and/or unplanned home educators (and for anyone else who's interested) I'm sharing daily ideas to develop children's learning through play and everyday activities. As well as being fantastic for social skills, communication, sharing and turn-taking, games are a brilliant way to develop both understanding of mathematical concepts and the… Continue reading Stealth maths