Home-Made Resources

Here are some great ideas for resources that you can make at home sent in by wonderful parents on the Learn at Home Facebook Page

Time Tokens. 

Do you worry that your child is having way too much screen time. If it is a concern for you then follow Heidi in her quest to help her children learn the value of responsibility and working for the things they want in life.

Each child has 7 hours of time per week in different time lengths. This is for free time on screens- apps, children’s TV, computer, films etc.

I don’t include family films, time within home learning (reading eggs etc) or between 4pm and 6pm on a Saturday or Sunday (so they can still use at weekend but are encouraged to be doing more active, unscreen related things daytime)

This is their set limit for the week and I can remove allocations of time for misbehaviour depending on severity. They don’t get this back until the next week (Friday)

On a Friday evening, I refill the pouches and when they want to use one they surrender a token - take a timer or look at clock and off they go. They have no limit on how many they can use but they won’t get more till the following week.

In addition to this they have 3 bonus tokens they can earn. These are never ever removed so each child regardless of the week they have had the opportunity to earn time.

They are handy helper 30 mins, handy helper 15 mins - tasks around the house to assist or being responsible for their belongings, pets etc. We have a list of tasks such as Guinea pig cleaning, dishwasher etc- we also have a rule that if all 3 help they all earn a token for the same time so they encourage each other to work together.

There is also a being a star token - this is perhaps for good reading, being kind, doing something nice or helpful without being asked.

Sent in by Heidi Lee

Counting Caterpillars. 

A nice easy one this but is has such a great impact.

Cut your circles - lots of them - and put the numbers on each one. 

Now to make you resource long lasting make sure you laminate.

You can laminate them singularly - or take a little bit more time and laminate them in the number sequence you want. 

the examples above are showing the 2 - 5 and 10 times tables.

Sent in by Debbie Pearson

We've been learning about the months of the year today. I'm getting my son to place the rocks in the right order out of a scrambled pile of them, and the numbers on the back help as clues if he gets stuck. He learns by physical movement, rather than by rote or by just memory, so this has worked brilliantly today. 
I'm going to start slowly removing rocks one by one and seeing if he can fill the gaps. Eventually, I'm hoping he'll remember them without any rocks :)

I'll add the seasons on bigger stones to go around the edges soon too, as another memory aid. 

Sent in by Kay Wilkinson