We are now over 2 months in to our round the world trip. One of the things i was most concerned about as we travelled, was educating the children. We have 10 and 7 (in 3 days) year old boys so one KS2 and one KS1.
We have the world at our disposal, and lots of education is to be gained that other kids will not be exposed to, which helps. However, both the boys will be missing the SATS year at primary. Now, not that i am disappointed, as SATS is used merely as a school grading tool, and does little or nothing but pressure the kids (not all schools put pressure on kids BTW, some are very discreet about it). Nevertheless, the boys have to keep up a certain standard in maths and english, particularly the older, and these days, schools are working at a far higher grade than when i was at school. So we have focussed in on these are the areas we have focussed on whilst away.
As a rule we try to do 1-2 hours of 1-1 Maths and English each morning or sometimes afternoon. They also write a daily diary, read and collect artefacts from the trip to talk about. If we are travelling we leave it, as it is already quite a lot for the kids to settle and study. Not to say we can’t bake some learning in to travel. Currency, time zones, language, celebrations, geography, find out where we need to be etc..
Lesson Planning can be carried out around the Collins Revision books which are excellent BTW, and any other practice can be done via a number of the other resources listed below. Squeebles are really good. They rewards the kids and get them excited to earn more Squeebles. It’s a bit like Pokemon for the classroom (gotta catch em all), but with its sheen removed :).
Whilst at the moment things are going quite well, and we think the 1-1 the kids are getting is helping them. I have a healthy respect for teachers (as an adult). In just this short period of time, I have realised how difficult it must be to teach the ever-increasing classroom sizes of kids (30+ in London). Nevermind all the additional administration they have to do on top. Teacher need medals for the work they do. Be nice to your kids teachers, they are awesome.
The Books (All of which are quite slim)
Full copy of the UK Curriculum on Kindle
2 x Diaries (Courtesy of Grandma Lynne)
Year 2 exercise papers from our youngest’ year 1 tutor
4 x Letts Wild About Truths Exercise books
1 x Times Tables Practice book
2 x Note Books
Apps & Online Resources
Squeebles (Full Collection)
10 Ticks Maths Papers
Youtube (every teacher best friend)
If I am honest, i am learning too, as most of the methods of teaching have changed, also i have forgotten what little i did learn at school, so it’s helping me too
I hope someone finds this useful. If anyone has any other suggestions, comments or stories, I would love to hear them.