Keep Learning at Home

Here are some ways that you can continue learning for your children if you are at home.

Maintaining a routine is important. It is not expected that you will be able to carry on a ‘normal school day’, however, you could allocate blocks of time to learning throughout the day. 

Your day might look something like this:


This is also great time to practise and consolidate maths basic facts, timetables, and essential word lists. 

Essential Word List available here

Download  Essential-Spelling-Words.pdf

For ideas around writing go here

Every day there is a new prompt and questions to support Aratiatia and Te Mihi students with their writing.

Ohaaki students have alphabet cards in their Home Link Folders. Ask them to write sentences about your day, practice writing theirs and family members names and even have a go at writing a postcard to a family member.

The NZMaths page has a Whanau page with some great ideas using everyday items. You can find this here.

Ensuring that screen time is controlled is important and there are some great ideas to keep students learning - technology free.

  • Interview a family member.

  • Measure the area and perimeter of each room in your home.

  • Graph the types of birds that frequent your yard or windows.

  • Be completely silent for 60 minutes, then write about the experience.

  • Write and mail a [real] letter to your teacher or principal or classroom penpal.  Address the envelope yourself.

  • Build a "fable fort" out of blankets and chairs. Camp in it all day while you create stories to tell your family over dinner.

  • Learn morse code and use it to communicate with your siblings through walls and floors.

  • Alphabetise the spices in your kitchen.

  • Call a grandparent or older relative. Ask them to teach you the words to a song from their childhood days.

  • Using household materials, build a working rain gauge, barometer, and wind vane.

  • Determine and chart the times that different liquids require to turn solid in the freezer.

  • Design and build puppets that perform a show about multiplication.

  • Construct a family tree.

  • Learn ten new big words. Write them in the condensation on your bathroom mirror.

  • Draw a map of your home.

  • Sit silently for 15 minutes while you write down every sound you hear.   When you are done, classify the sounds (high/low pitch, high/low volume, manmade v. naturally occurring, etc.).

  • Create a Venn  Diagram that compares and contrasts two people in your family.

  • Learn, practice, and perform a magic trick.

  • Learn, practice, and tell three new jokes.

  • Use household materials to make and play string, percussion, and wind instruments.

  • Learn to shine a pair of shoes.

  • Collect leaves from ten different (non-harmful) plants. Sort them by size, colour, and texture.

  • Put your favourite book, toy, and keepsake on a small table in sunlight. Draw or paint a full colour still life.

  • Find, pick, and dissect a flower.

  • If you have stairs, walk up and count them.  Walk down and count by twos. Walk up and count by threes. Continue through tens.

  • Determine the volumes of ten containers, then display them in order on your porch.

  • Write a poem on your sidewalk using chalk.

  • Classify twenty everyday objects by shape, size, colour, height, mass, and material.

  • Measure the length of your bed using five different nonstandard units.

  • Create and use a secret code.

  • Using one type of paper (constant), build three different paper aeroplanes (independent variable) and test to see how far they fly (dependent variable).

  • Write down every adjective you say for one full day.

  • Learn three new jokes. Tell them to an aunt or uncle.

  • Find ten rocks smaller than a fifty-cent coin.

  • Using paper, tape, and string, design, build and test a device that warns you when someone opens the kitchen cabinet.

  • Imagine, create, and fly a full-size flag that tells the world about you.

Source: Kim Jones McClelland 

There are some great non-technology based ideas here

Kids love Lego and there are heaps of challenges using Lego:


Some classes use websites such as SeeSaw, Prodigy, Study Ladder, and Sum Dog in class. Teachers will share these logins with the students to use at home next week. 

Importantly, keep any learning activities positive and fun. Chat with your children about what is going on and the changes that are happening. Enjoy spending the time with your children and sharing some of the games, songs, and activities that you remember from school.

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