I’ve been thinking about stealth learning again this week, or rather stealth teaching. When children are home after school, usually the last thing they want to do is sit down with an exercise book and practice a load of sums. I think it’s important to grab an opportunity for learning wherever you can. Then again this is probably one of the reasons you wouldn’t want teacher for a parent, I just can’t resist the opportunity to cram a bit of learning in.
My favourite bit of stealth teaching is using the buses to learn two digit numbers. Every time you see a bus you have to shout out the number in it. This is so much more fun than sitting reading a whole list of numbers. Speed limit signs are great for tens numbers as well. As children get better you can extend it by asking what is 1 or 10 more or less than the number on the bus. the only problem we have is that we don’t pass many buses except on the way to swimming and then it’s only the 37. Oh well, at least my girls will be good at reading the number 37.
The best time for learning is when it’s their idea. If they are interested in something then the learning is so much more spontaneous. This is where schools often struggle. There isn’t time with thirty children in a class for very much spontaneity. I’ve read a few posts this week where people were worrying about this. Smaller class sizes and a less rigid curriculum mean you can have more child centred learning, however I don’t see is happening in most schools any time soon. Of course a good teacher will do this naturally, if a child is brilliant at ICT they will get them to make a PowerPoint presentation for the class, if a child know everything about moshi monsters get them to write a report about it.
In the meantime I think this is what parents can do best. They have the time to take a child’s idea and run with it. I don’t think it matters what the child is interested in as long as they have the time to pursue it. At home they can lead the activity. If it’s their idea they are more likely to remember it more.
This makes me think of the Chinese proverb:
‘Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand’
Introduction kindly written by Rebecca from Here Come The Girls
Right from the Start – ALL I EVER LEARNED I LEARNED AT KINDERGARDEN
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned: share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess.Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say your sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Gaelic Medium Mum – Gaelic 2012
I don’t know where the time goes. It seems like only yesterday my oldest child was just a babe in arms, and yet this month I have to register him for school. How did that happen!? If you’d asked me 4 years ago how difficult picking a school would be, I would have told you that it wasn’t difficult at all. Surely they just go to their local school? But now I’m finding the answer is somewhat different.
As I started to look at all the local schools I came across the Glasgow Gaelic School and was intrigued…
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Mummy..Mummy..MUM!! – Looking at absorbing
Sponges are made of loose fibers with lots of space between them. The holes between the sponge fibers absorb the water, and so the sponge material swells up with water. This stops the water coming out of the sponge when you lift it out of the water. When you squeeze the sponge you are forcing the water out of the holes in the sponge.
A wet sponge will absorb more water than a dry sponge as water molecules are highly attracted to one another.
Actually Mummy… – Wot So Funee? KS1 Journalism
My teacher (let’s call her Mrs Coolcross – because she does occasionally read this blog, occasionally gets cross with me, but is actually quite cool) is a fan of craft. Craft, and the big outdoors. She has introduced us recently to Forest School, where we get to spend half a day outdoor, mucking about with mud and sticks. Apparently we are also learning, but for me it is a merry-g0-round of muck and mirth. For Mummy it is more washing 😉
making it up – All the old chestnuts again – home education is not a safeguarding issue.
There’s a letter floating around Facebook and creeping on to blogs, from a Kent county council employee, referencing new intentions from the secretary of state for education to link HE children to schools and include them in school attainment targets.
*headdesk*. There’s a freedom of information request in already to get to the bottom of this one, and the education select committee have requested questions for Mr Gove be tweeted at them with the hashtag #askGove I’ve sent one in asking for clarification, and I’ve seen others on similar themes.