Home based learning (project based learning)
Ask your child to think of a new and innovative product that could be used by an individual or a special group of people (e.g. a child, adult, family or community group) to help them cope with this new way of life. An easy way to think of a product is to think of a problem or challenge first and then brainstorm ideas of ways to solve that problem/challenge. Then ask them to create a:
- Sketch of the product including labels, dimensions and the materials that will be used in construction
- If it is a digital resource, then have them sketch what the landing page will look like
- Create a marketing campaign to advertise their product. Design an Instagram advertisement for their product. You can also ask them to write a script for a YouTube advertisement and then have them perform it for you.
- Using material from around the house could they design and build a prototype of this product? Prototypes do not have to be perfect.
Ask your children to read a short story from the database above and then write a summary no more than half a page long. To develop some literacy skills, ask them to rewrite the story from the perspective of someone else in the story. If they are capable, ask them to rewrite the story using different themes, for example a zombie apocalypse.
Have your child begin a diary of their experiences while in lockdown. How are they feeling, how are the other members of their family feeling? What has been their greatest challenge, what challenges have they overcome? What have they learned today? This will develop their writing skills as well as provide a great record in the future of their experiences while in isolation.
Thinkwritten – Supplies parents with 300 creative writing prompts for kids.
Ask your child to work out the area of your home or apartment in their steps. Firstly, get them to draw the layout of your living space on a piece of paper; if you have a yard or outside area you can include that as well. Instead of using a ruler or tape measure, have them walk the length and width of each room in their steps. Try to make sure that the same step size is used for each step to ensure the most accurate measurement. Once they have paced out each room’s length and width, have them write down on their plan how many steps the side of each room is. Now calculate the area (steps squared or steps2 ) of each room. Now add all the rooms together, plus your yard if you have one, to calculate the total area in steps of your living space.