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10/01/2017

Home Education: Hibernation


Although our home education is pretty free in terms of what and when we learn (although I think learning occurs all the time!) we do often have a little theme going on that George and Molly take turns choosing. I've decided to include these themes on the blog and share the difference resources, ideas and activities too, in case anyone finds them useful. I imagine we'll go back to the themes over the years, so I'll update as and when I can with age appropriate ideas.

This week we begin our journey following and learning about hibernation. So far I have a few things planned, and I have also popped over to Twinkl for some resources if George and Molly wish to take part. First of all we've spent a lot of time talking about hibernation, and we've already ordered a book from the library (we struggled to find books online and at the library for this subject!) and started collecting books and toys from around the house for our little display area.

I love having somewhere the kids can go to display their crafts and activities if they choose, but also a place we can go to in order to learn more. So here's what we have planned so far…

  • Watch youtube documentaries and musical/fun videos about hibernation.
  • Read books about hibernation.
  • Create a hedgehog home in our garden.
  • Take part in an acorn trail thanks to Twinkl.
  • Create art with leaves, like this activity.
  • Paint, draw, write and play music inspired by hibernation.
  • Read and write stories about hiberntion.
  • Research all the animals that hibernate and why.
  • Use games from Twinkl to learn about hibernating animals.
  • Use Pinterest for hibernation crafts.
  • Play hibernation games… this one is a work in progress!
  • Go on a Bear Hunt.

I think there's probably so much more we will discover, and I'll add anything else to this post over the next few weeks. The main objective is to have FUN and LEARN through play and fun activities. I also don't force them to take part in everything, but usually they're pretty keen to take part.

I think this is going to be a fun topic, and the joy with home ed is that it can last for as long as we like. We usually feel it fizzle out when we've had enough, then we have a little break and choose the next topic.

So, keep your eyes peeled for lots of hibernation related activities on the blog and also comment if there's anything you've done that we could possibly do as part of our fun learning life.

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