On Friday I had an extra student for the day. My boys insisted that we didn’t do anything that resembled work so I had my work cut out for me coming up with ideas that were work under the cloak of not being work…if you know what I mean.
One idea I came up with combined a lot of different elements into one much loved activity.
I decided to take the children on a picnic to the bush.
Which child wouldn’t agree to that?!
We stopped and bought our favourite hot chips on the way there.
At the national park we found a table and over our lunch discussed alliterations.
Then I described our task for the afternoon.
The children each had their own cameras and had to search for and photograph different interesting subjects in nature.
The catch was that they had to create an alliteration for each of their subjects.
So, for example, when they photographed a parrot, they wrote “pretty parrot playing on a perch”
or for wallaby, the children collaboratively came up with “wary wallaby” and for joey “jittery, jumping joey”.
We all worked together and had a lovely time moving slowly through the bush paths looking high and low for things that might catch our attention, and laughing over silly alliterative suggestions, while trying not to scare off the wildlife with our giggles.
When we returned home with our photos and alliterative suggestions the children downloaded their images and worked together to create a Powerpoint presentation of their Alliterative Nature Photography Walk.
So on a day when they weren’t supposed to be doing anything “worky” they did Language (alliterations), Science (observing plants and animals), Physical Education (several different hiking trails), and Technology (photography and Powerpoint presentations).
And that was just one of the activities I had planned for them.
Ah I’m a sneaky Homeschool Mummy.
Shhh!! Don’t tell the kids!