Monday, 23 March 2009

Sometimes help comes from the most surprising places! 23rd March 2009

Our current project is Farming in Springtime and dd1 was charged with finding out the different names of male and female farm animals. Some she already knew but there were quite a few gaps. To be honest, I wasn't quite sure how she was going to find out by herself, but on a trip to Pennywell Farm Activity Centre in Devon last week some help came from a rather surprising source!

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Writing in the sand! 17th March 2009

Handwriting practice in a sand tray has been a great idea I've picked up on my homeschooling journey. I've started using it with dd1 as she learns to join her letters, alongside Jolly Phonics Workbook 4 . We practice the joins in the air, then her hand over mine in the sand, my hand over hers in the sand, her finger on her own in the sand and finally a blunt pencil in the sand. Then she gets to write on paper! Today was the best day we've had with it though because the weather was good enough to use the tray outside which is lovely in itself, but also means not so much sweeping up afterwards!