Contrast with the USA, where the teachers seem to be able to create whatever resources they like, so long as the end result is that the kiddos have met whatever Common Core standard the task sets out to achieve. The range and diversity of the "work" created for the children to help them reach these targets is amazing. One of the
The object of the exercise is to hide word cards, or math cards, around the room for the kids to find. They then go around with a pencil, magnifying glass, clipboard, and in Small's case a flashlight, and "find" the hidden words, letters or sums, and write their answer on the recording sheet. Obviously our house is rather smaller than a classroom so I had to double up in places, but he had an absolute ball playing detective, finding all the letters of the alphabet, and writing them on his sheet.
In fact he loved it so much, he made me promise I'd "hide" them all again tonight so he can "find" them again tomorrow morning.
This is also a great exercise for those kids who find it difficult to sit still - Small being one of them. He much prefers to do his writing standing up, and this educational game was perfect for him. He was playing, learning and moving around at the same time. Winner!
* I should make it perfectly clear that home educators in the UK are NOT required to follow the National Curriculum in any way, shape or form. It is entirely up to the parents and the child what is learned, and you can choose to do all, some or none of the curriculum. We do not really follow the curriculum per se, but I do keep an eye on the levels that children are supposed to reach just to make sure we're on target, especially in math, English and science. We much prefer to use the many free (and usually great fun) resources downloaded from TeachersPayTeachers and elsewhere than dry, dusty textbooks. We do buy the odd resource or two as well ;)
Until next time. x