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Education.com

A few days ago I received a lovely email from a lady called Jessica from a website called Education.com.  I hadn’t heard about this website before but as a new homeschooling mummy to one of my sons I was intrigued; so I quite happily gave it a browse; I was very happy with the result, this site is fabulous, it basically takes all the skills your little ones need and turn them into fun ways of learning, it covers ages from 2 to 11 so even if your little ones haven’t started school yet, you can give them a brilliant start.  From sing-alongs to playing with sweets it has a bit of everything all the while teaching your children the core skills they need in their primary school years.
I have homeschooled one of my elder children previously when we couldn’t get him into the right school due to overcrowding of classrooms but while this lasted very briefly it did, in fact, cost a lot of money, most homeschool websites charge and it can become quite expensive when you add the whole curriculum together.
I’m not a teacher, nor do I proclaim to be so mums like myself do struggle; my experience of homeschooling is a quick phone call to the school, an email of my intentions and that’s that!!! no paperwork, no “here’s the curriculum”, “this is what you need”, you literally get nothing,  you ring your local education board and let them know what you are doing and they designate you a caseworker for IF??????? If you have any questions, no pressure!!!, “YES! YES, I HAVE QUESTIONS! WHAT DO I DOOOOOO?????” it’s unreal how little resources are available in the UK for homeschooled children.
So back to my original point, Jessica from Education.com contacted me regarding a collaboration, it couldn’t have come at a better time, I jumped at the chance.  I highly recommend joining this website you can get a free basic access or its cheap as chips at $6.50 a month for premium access as well as being a pay as you go system, so if you don’t need it one month you don’t have to pay, fabulous!!!!  while this website will not cover exactly the same topics as your children’s curriculum in the UK, as its US-based, it does work as a fantastic extra to their basics and you can mingle the two together to get a really positive, productive lesson for your child.
I ‘ve added an example below for you to see and I do recommend that you give them a visit, I for one will be using their service and my little boy is very excited to start.
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Mummy & Ollie
Please click the links in my blog or use the links at the bottom, i will be blogging and vlogging about my homeschool adventures with Oliver so please join us and don’t hesitate to contact us no matter where you are based, us homeschooling mummy and daddies must stick together because it really is a daunting task and we all could do with that little extra support.  Don’t forget to look at the activity below and have fun with your little ones even if they go to mainstream school I’m sure they will enjoy it.
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Activity: 

Repeat, then Eat!: A Patterning Game

This incredibly edible activity gives kindergarteners the chance to practice identifying, copying, and extending basic patterns. Sure it’s fun (and delicious!) but it also helps kids lay the foundation for math, reading, and other curriculum cornerstones. Patterning teaches kindergarteners to look for what’s the same and what’s different, in addition to the order, or sequence, things occur. And when everything’s edible, the learning feels like play!

What You Need:

  • Small edible snacks that are similar in color or shape and easy to handle, such as M&M’s, trail mix, dried fruit mix, colored fruit snacks, mixed cereal, colored goldfish crackers, or carrot and celery sticks

What You Do:

  1. Build a simple pattern on the table. Let’s say you use M&M’s. Start with an alternating pattern (called an AB pattern): one red candy, one green candy, one red, one green, and so forth. Be sure to repeat the pattern at least once.
  2. Call your kid over. Tell him you’ve set the candies up in a pattern and challenge him to figure out what it is.
  3. Get your kid in on the action! Ask him to copy the pattern, by building a sequence that’s exactly like yours. Then ask him to explain how he did it, with questions like: “How did you know to start with a red?” or “Why did you use a green here?”
  4. Ask your child to extend, or add more to the pattern. Again, ask him to explain why he chose to use certain colors or shapes.
  5. Finally, ask your child to tell what part of the sequence was repeated in this pattern. For example, say, “What colors did we repeat?” (Red, then green.) Here are some more difficult patterns to practice once he’s mastered the AB pattern: AAB, ABB, AABB, and ABC.

This activity is even more fun with a catchphrase. I always end things by saying, “Patterns: we repeat and then we eat!” Be good to your word. Once the learning’s over, let your child scoop up his lesson and eat away! And don’t worry, when the snack monster strikes again, you can pick up where you left off. Happy eating!

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