After years of Home Education, we have some favourites
Early on in this journey I asked lots of questions of other homeschooling mums, still do actually! Through trial and error and four very different children, we have developed some favourite resources, along with of course our library card.
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Mathematics for Primary School
I have used Maths Plus books through primary school with my 3 older kids (all doing secondary maths now) and my youngest now who is 7. Personally, I like that the books are colorful and have pictures to explain concepts. I also find that my children need hands on practise, and a button jar from the op shop has been a wonderful asset. Talking about all sorts of things (often in the car) has been a great way to encourage and foster mathematical thinking. Things like map reading, talking about time concepts like days, weeks and months and also more complex things like tax and loans, has been really helpful too.
History – Story of The World
Story of the world is a great way to start learning history, even as a read aloud. The first volume focuses first on “What is History?” and how has it been collected. The activity book has some great ideas (like staging your own archeological dig in the back yard) for practical, hands on experiences. We loved doing cave paintings inside a giant box, creating swords and shields (from cardboard). We started it when my youngest child at the time was around 5, with 8 and 11 year olds too. It is really multi age and depends a lot on the child what they will get out of it. Another thing I really liked were the geography and mapping activities (in the Activity book). We were certainly pulling out the atlas and maps on the tablet to see how these places we were hearing about joined with each other. There are two further Volumes if you get hooked like we did.
Read alouds and books we have loved
Reading aloud is a favourite winter time activity for us and has been since the children could sit still long enough to listen. (Not that sitting still is a requirement) It is also a favourite bed time activity. Our older kids now have fond memories of being in “the big bed” listening to Famous Five. Reading aloud is setting up all kinds of positive associations with reading and I believe, leads to a love for reading. My big kids (11, 15 and 16) all have books on the go, with their own particular taste. My littlest is loving snuggling up with me at night with the Adventures of The Secret Seven. I’m really missing a good book myself at the moment after just finishing “The Land Girls” by Victoria Purman. (Please suggest something! I love historical fiction!)
Set in a small Aussie country town, Bonne and Sam don’t own their own horses, but that doesn’t stop them from riding every day. A beautiful story that reflects the perfect rural childhood we dream of. I read tis aloud to Flora, aged 7. Ivy also read it as a young reader, around age 10.
Just a few of our favourite things
I hope there was something useful for you here. If you want to share what has worked for you, please do.