School Holidays are here and here are our top 5 ways to keep students engaged in learning in an activity-based way at home!
1. Chart the Weather
Use a rain gauge or weather station to record weather and have students of any age, record, chart and analyse the data. From paper charts to using excel, mathematical skills can be learnt. Take it one step further and learn more about weather patterns and start your own weather predictions.
2. Learn about Vegetables
Planting vegetable seedlings and learning about their food groups can help students understand their importance. Once they can be harvested, learn how to cook them into healthy nutritious meals for the family. We can’t guarantee they will eat them but allowing them to take ownership of the planting, watering, harvesting and cooking they, may surprise you with their interest at dinner time!
3. Design a Shoe Rack
If you are forever asking them to put their shoes away, involve them in a Shoe Rack project. Design, plan, build and paint will see you tick reading, writing and maths elements of home schooling while constructing something practical. If you do not have materials or tools at hand for timber construction, think outside the box and re-purpose boxes or cardboard. Understanding structural weight capabilities for materials can be a further lesson for the older students too.
4. Be creative with Colours
Learning colours and understanding how they can be mixed can intrigue the littlest and biggest of minds. From collecting colour samples to cut and paste the colours of the rainbow, to mixing paint and understanding how other colours can be made, this project has no limits.
5. Photosynthesis Science for Plants
How do green plants make their own food? With sunlight! The process known as photosynthesis can be a great science project for all ages. A science project has many elements such as:
Encourage them to research. What is photosynthesis? What do we already know?
Develop a hypothesis. After gathering background research, the next step is to formulate a hypothesis. If you have multiple students engaging in this project, encourage different hypothesis.
Design the experiment. All have the same plant and understand what elements you need to perform you experiment such as a box to stop the sunlight.
Collect your data! Have the students collect data by taking measurements in height, noting colour changes, even weighing the plant. Photographs can also help to collect data.
Analyse the data. Can you see a trend or pattern? Allow the students to compare data with each other.
Draw Conclusions. Which plant survived? Which one didn’t?
A science project can be as easy or as complicated as you want it to be!
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