HOME SCHOOLING IDEAS

While schools remain open, increasing numbers of families are choosing to keep their children at home. As such, we have set up this page to support families with home schooling ideas. If schools close, we will also have hard copy work available on request for families who have difficulty accessing online options. We will also update this page with more ideas from Driver Primary teachers. 

The ideas below do not all require your child to access online materials. There are plenty of ideas that don't require them to be online at all so please check out the ideas to see what will suit your family.

Please remember that in a home environment, your primary school aged child only needs a couple of hours of formal schooling per day. Be kind to your children and yourself by remembering that you do not need to replicate a normal school day when your child is being home schooled.

 

Some advice from families who already home school their children are:

 

 - Let them sleep in - it is good for their immune system (no need to even get dressed if they are more comfy in their PJ's).

 - Talk to them about what they want to learn about/are interested in and let them be part of planning their home school day.

 - Take time (at least for an hour a day) to be outside in the yard (physical activity, fresh air and sun are also important for their physical and mental health).

 - Spend at least an hour a day reading - shared reading together where parents read to children, time for children to read aloud to develop their fluency and confidence, reading together to research and reading on our own for enjoyment are all important - don't forget to talk to your child about what they have read (see homework section of our parent information booklet in INFORMATION TAB of this website for some tips).

 - Factor in time to help with chores around the house. 

 - Cook and bake together. A lot of real life math learning can be done in the kitchen.

A suggested daily timetable would be a mix of:

Learning

Play Time

Family Time

Free Time

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Click on the images below to access some excellent resources to help you effectively support your child's learning at home (both online and not).

 

The Northern Territory Department of Education has partnered with Department of Education in Queensland and New South Wales to develop The Learning Together: Families & Schools Resources Website.

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For families who want to explore more, we have also compiled a list of other great ideas (many of which do not require online access) and websites below (organised by subject)

English (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking) Ideas for Home

 - Children’s books read by famous- people https://www.storylineonline.net/

 - Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for young children. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

 - Short videos and texts that answer various burning questions for children. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.  http://wonderopolis.org/

 

 - Work on the 8 parts of speech.  https://www.grammaropolis.com/

 - Boost writing confidence with Storybird.  http://storybird.com/

 - Listen to astronauts read Story Time From Space.  https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

 

 - Learn the 'Oxford Sight Words'  https://www.oxfordowl.com.au/oxford-wordlist

 - To help younger children explore oral language you could:

 

Go for a walk outside and name objects you see. Repeat this several times. Describe the object. Ask the child what he or she thinks about the object. You are looking at a butterfly! That is a beautiful butterfly, isn’t it? Do you like the butterfly? That butterfly is yellow. And look, over there, there’s another one—do you know what to call it?”

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Point out words you see in your environment, point out colours and ask your child to tell you the colour or tell you what letter of the alphabet something starts with.

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 - talk about past experiences, perhaps using photos as a visual aid. “Ask, ‘See, here’s a picture of—yes, Grandma. Do you remember what we did last time we visited Grandma?’” Take a while and stay on a topic … getting your child to elaborate on who, what, when, where, how, and why something happened, and how the child felt about it.” They may even then be motivated to write a letter to Grandma or write a poem or story about the experience.

 - A way to encourage critical thinking could be to tell the children you are going to watch a movie together, but first read the book together. That way you can do a comparative analysis between the book and the movie (at whatever level the child is ready for): ‘What changes? Which one do you think is better? What things did they have to leave out because otherwise this movie would have been too long?’”

 

Don't forget to look at the reading ideas in our parent information booklet that you can access on the Information Tab on this website.

Also don't forget that all Driver Primary students have a Reading Eggs login. If your child's login is not working all you need to do is contact the school and we will check it for you.

Why not use the time at home to enter the Palmerston Young Writer's Festival organised by our own Mrs Hansen, as this competition will not be cancelled - see details below

Mathematics Ideas for Home

 - Maths as a fun part of your daily family routine.  http://bedtimemath.org/

 - Maths games galore. https://gridclub.com/

 - Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun.  https://www.numberphile.com/

 - Kids numbers. http://www.kidsnumbers.com/

 

 - Maths Frame. http://www.mathsframe.co.uk/default.aspx

 

 - Good hands on examples of math activities that can be done at home. 

https://www.backtofrontmaths.com.au/articles/parents/homework-tasks-help-make-maths-part-everyday-life

- sending kids who are learning math basics on a mission around the house or the building to count something (such as all the windows) and then asking them the average number of windows in each room or apartment.

Art/Craft, Cooking or Learning a Language Ideas

 - Crafts and activities- https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

 - Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities- https://www.highlightskids.com/

 - Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design- http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

 - Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, maths and science- https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

 - Help children learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art- https://artsology.com/

 - Red Tent Art- step by step instructions on art projects including origami, Easter, 3D cards, clay pots, etc- https://www.youtube.com/user/redtedart

 - Carson Ellis' Art Club- Carson Ellis, author and illustrator will be posting art assignments on her Instagram page every weekday morning. They’ll be designed for kids and grownups alike. If you want to share them, you can use the hashtag #quarantineartclub. She’ll also provide individual hashtags for each exercise so everyone can see each other’s work. https://instagram.com/carsonellis?igshid=1urg2g0rg5r4b

 - Mo Willems, the author of ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Stay up Late’ is uploading daily drawing lessons-

https://youtu.be/MjaYnyCJDdU

 - A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

 - Learn a language-  https://www.duolingo.com/

 

 - Cooking can be a science lesson (let’s talk about how yeast works), a math lesson (what’s a half cup plus a quarter cup?), or a reading lesson (does this label say “baking soda” or “baking powder”?)—and it provides opportunities for kids to learn about nutrition as well as foods and flavors from around the world. 

 - Driver Primary students in Years 3-6 already learn Indonesian once a week. This can continue at home. Click on the image below to find out how.......

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History/Geography/Civics Ideas 

 - Virtual Excursions-

https://aussiechildcarenetwork.com.au/articles/teaching-children/virtual-excursions-from-around-the-world

 

 - Visit museums. Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include:

 

New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum- https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

 - The San Diego Zoo has a live webcam for animals- https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

 

 - Melbourne Zoo also has live webcams

https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house

 

 - This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies

https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

 

 - Geography with National Geographic- https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 - Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults- https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive

 - Type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help children learn about history

http://www.whatwasthere.com/

 - 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures/countries of the world

https://www.countryreports.org/

 - Live video of the National Zoo and Smithsonian Learning Lab

https://www.si.edu/kids

 - Electoral System of Australia- 

https://education.aec.gov.au/teacher-resources/

 - Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are

https://www.geoguessr.com/

 - Google Earth. All sorts of learning here

https://www.google.com/earth/

IT & Science Ideas 

 - Make your own animated videos with Go animate- http://goanimate.com/

 

 - Prezi (make your presentations zoom) http://prezi.com/

 

 - Create interactive avatars to showcase children’s learning- Voki:  http://www.voki.com/

 

 - Go Geocatching- https://geocaching.com.au

 - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals- https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

 

 - Coding for ages 4-10- https://www.kodable.com/

 

 - For budding Marine Biologists- take a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/

 - This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals- https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

 

 - Science podcasts to listen to with your kids- https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6

 - If you have a curious child who is interested in world events, scientific concepts and generally has an inquiring mind, this is a great site to check out- https://thekidshouldseethis.com

 - Learn to code- https://www.codecademy.com/

 

 - Lots of science experiments that you can do at home-

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

 - Scratch teaches students all about coding- https://scratch.mit.edu/

 - Microsoft Family Learning Centre

https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/resource/755e5a8b

Music, Dance and Physical Activity Ideas 

 - Lady Gaga’s former backup dancer, Mark Kanemura, is hosting virtual dance sessions on his Instagram page

https://instagram.com/mkik808?igshid=xp9gywx8gc02

 

 - Fly a kite!

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.mykidstime.com/things-to-do/101-things-to-do-with-kids-that-will-cost-nothing-but-time/amp/

 - Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos

https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

 

 - A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool students

https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm

 - Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts

https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

 - Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout

https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

 - Music is for everyone

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

 - Yoga and mindfulness for kids

https://youtu.be/0ImHIWzP49M

Websites that provide activities exploring a range of subjects:

 - Educational games K-12- https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

 - Range of English and Math Activities for all ages and ability levels. https://www.k5learning.com/what-is-k5

 - ABC- Educational resources- https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/home

 - Projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing- https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

  - Online classes for kids- https://outschool.com/#abk7vott3k

 - A range of projects from Preschool - Year 9 

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 - A great list of ideas from a teacher. https://www.weareteachers.com/things-to-do-during-covid/

 - 100 challenge ideas for home learners

https://www.teachingpacks.co.uk/100-challenge-ideas-for-home-learners/

 - Top Marks helps teachers save time by finding excellent online educational resources

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

and some fun ideas that families may like to explore:

 https://parade.com/1009774/stephanieosmanski/things-to-do-with-kids-during-coronavirus-quarantine/

 - Challenging children to pitch a tent or create a play fort in the yard or lounge room can teach kids innovation and resourcefulness.

 

 - Turn your home into a space station and explore what you would need to survive if you were astronauts in space for a length of time.

 - Turn your dining room and kitchen into a restaurant. Make menus, dress as a chef or wait staff, set the table and serve your family a 3 course meal. 

 - Share stories from your childhood, work together to draw a family tree of your own family, turn some of your family stories into mystery, fantasy or adventure stories.....you could even make/write a book together about your family and send copies to family members interstate.

 - Don't forget to stay in touch with loved ones by writing/texting or skyping/Facetiming as often as you can.

 - This pandemic will be part of history so children could create their own historical record of what this time is like for their family (a written account or photos, drawings, journals, interviews, they coud interview and video family members or just record daily happenings/fears/feelings). 

DRIVER PRIMARY SCHOOL FAMILIES SHOULD ALSO FEEL FREE TO SEND ANY OTHER IDEAS TO THE SCHOOL BY EMAIL OR THE SCHOOL FACEBOOK PAGE SO WE CAN SHARE THEM ON THIS PAGE.

Teacher emails can also be found on the contacts page of this website. Teachers would love to hear from your children about what they are learning at home. 

We also encourage parents to stay informed about what children are accessing online by checking out the e-safety guide and other great resources at:

         https://www.esafety.gov.au/

Most importantly at this time, we encourage our Driver Primary families to look after their own wellbeing. Beyond Blue have some great resources and tips on how to do that for both adults and children.

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