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Learning At Home

On this page you will find resources and ideas that we have shared during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Many are things we used during the last Lockdown, but can be further utilised by any children who are needing to stay home during any subsequent Alert Levels (like Alert Level 4 right now!).  Please make contact if you need any support with anything, or have any questions.

Links (newest ones at the top)

Learning from Home – MOE site: https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/

Fun wellbeing activities to support whānau to look after their wellbeing and feel good-  – https://sparklers.org.nz/parenting/

Lockdown Activities For The Kids – https://www.vervemagazine.co.nz/lockdown-activities-for-the-kids/

Great news, free JUMP JAM routines available online, during this lockdown period. https://www.jumpjam.co.nz/lockdown21/ and have some fun, while stuck at home.
Whanau Activities from SPARKLERS
MOE Learning From Home – https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/

Free Digital Video Story from Lioncrest Publishing-  Feel Brave video   ‘The Wolf Was Not Sleeping’                                  – Front line worker anxiety for children. This beautiful book is read by Author of The Feel Brave Series of Books, Avril McDonald.

Te Ao Maori Breathing Exercises – Hikitia Te Hā.
Focusing on our breathing is a very helpful and basic practice for becoming more mindful – and this is extremely relevant to our overall wellbeing right now.

The Ministry of Health has brought together a list of tools to support mental wellbeing and places to go to get help [PDF].

Epic! – A digital reading platform for kids 12 and under. It has 40,000 books, audiobooks, learning videos, quizzes, more. Both English and Spanish books available.” All parents can get a free 30-day trial.

Home Learning TV – https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/home-learning-tv

https://www.allright.org.nz/tools This is a great website from the makers of Sparklers and has a whole host of wellbeing ides!

Ideas

While your child is unable to be at school, here are a few ideas of things they can do at home to continue their learning….

Creative Classrooms (who sell a range of art, craft and educational supplies) have some cool activities you can do at home.  Check out their page here: https://www.creativeclassrooms.co.nz/home-educational-resources-parents?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020April-2&utm_content=2020April-2+CID_1bb8966e382facfd60798d16d21a574e&utm_source=CC%20Email%20Newsletter&utm_term=at-home%20activities

Practice Maths on IXL. Sign in at http://nz.ixl.com/signin/tokomaru

Your child should know their login details, but if they don’t, please email your child’s teacher.

Keep a Daily Diary; write a story and draw a picture, make a list of things you have done (or want to do) while you are at home, have a go at one of the story starters below, email your teacher or your friends.…. the possibilities are endless!

Story Starters:

“If I was Principal I would…”

“If I could travel to school any way I wanted, it would be by….”

“When I grow up I want to be a…”

Have a go at something new for Writing.  Try Pobble 365 -cool writing prompts (picture prompts with a range of activities and a story starter below the picture). 

OR Once upon a picture– cool writing prompts with questions (this has collections to select such as: inference, non-fiction, character)

Have a go at Handwriting. You could practise writing your first, middle and last name, the whole alphabet, and this sentence, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.” As it uses all of the letters of the alphabet (parents, can you please help with correct letter formation for the younger ones). Try writing in cursive or use a fancy calligraphy pen.

Read the books in your Holiday Reading Bag if you have one, and enjoy the Library Books you currently have out, or read from your bookshelf at home.  Write a book review or do an illustration of your favourite story (if you are a senior student this could be a digital book trailer– check our Brian Falkner’s website for ideas https://brianfalkner.com/).  Make sure you continue filling in your Home Reading Diary or Reading Log too! If you haven’t taken it home, create a new reading log on an empty page or on a scrap piece of paper.

Listen to a Story https://www.storylineonline.net/

Read current events for kids at DogoNews.

Keep practising your Mindfulness – you could go onto Go Noodle https://family.gonoodle.com/ and follow a few of the videos like we do at school.

Take care and email one of us if you have any questions.

Smiles, Mrs Mudgway 

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