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Every day there are learning opportunities and, inspired by the home schoolers of the world, I decided to embrace my inner school ma'am and set up a home lesson or two.
So last week when Nugget asked me "When I am a world famous diver where in the world will I work?", I asked him what countries does he know of. He rummaged up "Japan" and "Australia" and Doo Dah piped up with "China".
So we wrote them down and with a bit of prompting the kids generated quite a list of countries that they knew (most of them opponents in the rugby) - USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France as well as Japan, China, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
I stuck the list on the fridge (where all important lists in our house are kept).
Since then, every time we have come across a country, in conversation, on the television, in our story books, we have added it to the list: Argentina, Columbia, Madagascar, Israel, Zimbabwe, South Africa, India, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Malaysia.
It has been surprising how quickly our list has grown. The kids come back from their days at daycare or school and enthusiastically say "I learnt another country Mum" and we share it with the other kids and we talk about where it is in the world and who its neighbours are and we write it on 'the list' and Nugget gets to have a try of spelling it too.
It has been a fun game and they have embraced it. They have been trying to weasel the names of countries out of me so that their list continues to grow:
"Where does Harry Potter come from Mum?"
"Where were my shoes made Mum?"
"Where does this animal come from Mum?"
"Which countries have you travelled to Mum?"
"Is Africa a country Mum?"
Doo Dah has even invented some interesting countries of his own: "Tastonia, Taswegia, Tasrika" (a bit of a theme there!)
Next week I am going to print out a picture of the world and we are going to plot all of the known countries onto it. Something visual for them to remember. The possibilities for this game are endless; we can add their flags and their languages and their capital cities and the thing they are most well known for.
And we can keep adding to the list.
How do you set up your teaching activities at home so that they are still fun? Do you think the onus is on parents to do the teaching these days?