This next resource is based around the key ideas and areas that younger students would typically be learning in the classroom. The curriculum for primary schools in New Zealand covers seven core subjects, which are:
You can incorporate teaching these subjects into everyday life at home in some shape or form. This resource provides a short list of activities which can be considered learning, as they either teach students valuable life skills or relate to a core subject area.
Activities such as writing letters and reading link directly to literacy, as students will be exercising their brain and practising everyday language techniques. Journaling or writing reflections for the day also contribute towards literacy, but furthermore it can benefit the students' mental health. According to Scholastic, journaling can also have the following positive impacts on children:
Gardening is a simple but effective way to teach students practical lessons about how the environment around them works. This touches on the subject of science - bonus points if there's plenty of bugs around too! Another activity which combines science and maths topics is cooking or baking, where students will need to follow a recipe and measure ingredients. NZ Maths also shares some great resources which outline how numeracy can be incorporated into home learning here.
Painting and other forms of artistic creativity are great platforms for students to express their thoughts, feelings and personalities. The Ministry of Education has outlined a range of benefits painting has on children, including the development of hand, eye, arm and body coordination.
As explained in an Edutopia blog, teaching kindness is a very important aspect of education. Doing good deeds can provide children with feelings of gratitude and a sense of perspective. Acts of kindness make people feel good about themselves, which can result in happier, caring children when exercised early.
You can view this resource as a PDF here. You can also find a PDF copy of the information shared on this blog. I've added a blank version of the document as well, so you can add your own activities if you'd like!
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