Schools out but rather than 7 weeks we have 60 weeks on our family gap year so a bit of home schooling is going to be needed. So far Mo has made the running and talked to all the teachers at school, grabbed syllabuses, work books and been carrying them! I have volunteered to do Maths as English and languages are not something I am particularly good at, apparently lawyers use more punctuation than I do?
Teaching is not something I have previously considered as a profession so this is going to be interesting especially as I may also be teaching in the Galapagos in a few months!?!
Quadratic equations and Fermat’s Last Theorem are not yet on the radar for 9, 7 and 4 years olds which is a relief so I can concentrate on counting and simple adding, dividing etc. I could resort to the iPad or laptop and some fun apps but I am going to try it the traditional way first. Sit down children and repeat after me…
I guess that won’t work so a different tack is needed. Kids love games and we brought a couple of packs of cards which have been a complete hit with Ben and Zoe. They play 31s, Beat Your Neighbour and games they have made up but current favourite is Whist with Mum and Dad making up a four. We started with cards visible on the table but are now holding them and playing properly. Great for basic quick maths, memory, logic and teamwork. I am now on the look out for more card games that help with Maths, suggestions very welcome in the Comments below.
PS – They don’t actually play for money, that was just Ben’s magpie collection from pocketing the change after shopping, pocket money and soliciting bribes from desperate parents etc.