Today's theme is: Space (but don't tell the kids yet!)
Hi nannies and parents! Here’s your daily schedule for Monday. You don’t have to follow this exactly (or at all if you don’t want to), and the timings are just there as a guide. But we hope it’ll give you some ideas and inspiration – you may need to adapt some of the suggestions depending on the age of the children.
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9am – Story Time
Have a look through the stories available here and pick one that seems age appropriate for the children you look after. You can look up the title and the recommended ages, but you should also be able to make a good guess from the cover and by listening to the first minute or so. Listen to the story together, and pause after every couple of pages to talk about what has happened so far, and what the children think will happen next. When the story is over, tell the children you're going to spend the day doing activities all related to the same theme as that book. Can they guess the theme?
9.30am – Do a fun craft activity
Make a family of aliens from things you find in the recycling! Instructions here. Try finding objects of different sizes like toilet paper tubes, kitchen roll tubes, and used plastic drinks bottles. The family are likely to have some craft supplies like pipe cleaners at home, but if not try and work with what you've got. As you're doing the activity, make sure to take a real interest and ask the children lots of questions about what they're making. Make sure to clean up afterwards and remember the children can and should help!
10.30am – Morning snack time!
Prepare a morning snack with the children. Fruit is always a healthy and tasty option. Get the children involved in washing any fruit or veg you prepare, and if it's age appropriate and the parents are happy for you to do so, the children can help you cut up the fruit. Here's a guide on safe cutting techniques to use with primary school aged children.
11am – Writing activity
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, why not write postcards or letters to the astronaut that read you the story! What questions does the child have for someone living in a space station? What does the child want to tell them about life on earth right now?
12pm – Have lunch
Prepare a healthy lunch with the children. Again remember to really get the children involved. Here's a break down of ways children of different ages can help.
1pm – Maths time
If the children have been sent home any maths homework, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, why not try some of these maths related activities from NASA.
2pm – Get active
Remember, children normally have outside play at break and lunch times at school to burn off some energy, so we need to give them opportunities to do this at home too. Use the garden if the family have one. If you can't get outside, yoga is a great way to keep active indoors, and channel some of that energy. Here's a video to try.
3pm – Topic reading
Find a non-fiction book to learn about space, either in the child's own library, or in this online collection. Make sure it's right for the child's reading level – they should be able to read most of the words by themselves. Think about some questions before you start to read and write them down. As you go along make a fact file of what you learn.
3.30pm – Quiet time and afternoon snack
This is when the children would normally be finishing school so they're likely to be tired. A bit of quiet time and a snack is a great way to mark the end of the structured day and signal to the children that their free time is about to start. Why not wind down with a guided meditation? Here is one to try.
3.45pm onwards – Do what you would normally do after school
Let the children lead imagination games, play their favourite games, and read their favourite books. Stay connected with others by joining online challenges and prompts – here's some of the ones we think look great:
Draw With Rob – Each day Rob posts a tutorial on Twitter teaching children to illustrate. He encourages children to share their creations.
Emma Scottschild Art Club – Each morning Emma will set a task and then asks families to share their creations at the end of the day.
30 day Lego calendar – This printable calendar gives you a new Lego challenge every day.