I love doing arts and crafts with my kids even if it does mean having glitter appear in strange places for days afterwards! I truly believe that kids learn a lot while they are being creative.
Activity Village staff and friends share ideas for how our resources can be used for learning at home, crafts with your own children, or group craft activities. There is lots of inspiration here, so make yourself a big cup of tea, grab a biscuit or two and explore...
My youngest is busy learning his times tables at the moment so I thought it might be good to put together a post about how we do it at home. He has already figured out his 10 times and is now working on his 2 times and 5 times tables.
This is a good method of adding larger numbers together but it does take a little bit of practice for the kids.
We are huge fans of oil pastels. In fact, drawing/scribbling with oil pastels was the very first art activity that my daughter ever really enjoyed.
Preparing to get the children ready for a simple day of adventurous fun can feel as tough as planning to take them on a round the world trip for a year.
I am determined that my kids are not going to be scared or nervous of maths so we try really hard to do hands-on maths and maths games. But we also acknowledge that maths practise is important.
We have used a few of Activity Village's jigsaws with my youngest so I thought it was time I wrote a post about what we do with them.
When I saw the stunning new Christmas stocking pages I immediately thought of ways we could use them to help learning number bonds.
Making our own Christmas cards has become a bit of a family tradition. We have been doing it since the kids were very young and could only just scribble. They have always loved being involved and enjoyed giving out or posting the cards that they made.
I will start this post with an apology to my local Tesco, who very kindly let me use their community room for one of our home education groups - I am very, very sorry about the glitter! The mess we made at this session truly was mindboggling.