Hello and welcome to
Hands-On Home Ed!
I am mum to two boys, Teddy 6 and Harry 5. When we made the decision to home educate I was so excited about all the fun learning experiences my children could participate in. So I was quite surprised that so many of the websites and activities I found involved sitting down and writing. As a summer baby, Teddy had only just turned 5 when he started 'Year 1' and was still struggling to hold a pencil properly. However, I did not want his writing and reading abilities to prevent him from developing subject knowledge and other important learning skills.
Before I had my children I was a qualified teacher of dance, with experience of teaching KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A-Level dance throughout primary and secondary schools. I have always been a very practical hands on learner and with a good understanding of the way the National Curriculum is structured, decided to find ways my children could learn by building, creating, designing, exploring and even playing!
I want to share these activities with you, all of which meet standards in the National Curriculum. Many of these activities are open ended and there is no wrong answer to your approach towards them.
Enjoy guiding your child through their learning experiences and have fun!