Today's theme is: Habitats (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 – Get active!
Follow along with this livestream for some fun PE activities to burn off some energy at the beginning of the day.
9.30am – Science
Introduce today's theme: Habitats. Together make a list of all the different habitats you can think of. Then list all the different animals and plants you think might live there, and draw pictures of how they've adapted to their habitat – polar bears have white fur so they're warm and blend in with the snow. If you need some inspiration, check out how animals under the sea live here. Think about what makes each habitat different, from the types of animals living there to the weather conditions to their location on Earth. Get the children thinking about what makes up their own habitat and how differently other people in the world live too.
10.30am – Have a morning snack
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
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, why not write a short story about an animal experiencing a different habitat to their own, what they find there and why it's so different. They could be a polar bear in the jungle or a monkey under the sea.
12pm – Have lunch
Prepare a healthy lunch with the children. You can try out some of these recipes and remember to really get the children involved. Here's a break down of ways children of different ages can help.
1pm – Maths
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 Deep Sea maths activities.
2pm – Get active
Remember, children normally have outside play at break and lunch at school to burn off some energy, so we need to give them opportunities to do this at home too. Why not try some yoga to channel your energy?
3pm – Topic Reading
Find a non-fiction book to learn about what goes on in different habitats, either on the child's own bookshelf, 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?
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.
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.
Listen to a story – For the next 30 days, David Walliams is sharing free audio stories for kids to listen to.
30 day Lego calendar – This printable calendar gives you a new Lego challenge every day.