Today's theme is: Weather (but don't tell the kids yet!)
Hi nannies and parents! Here’s your daily schedule for Tuesday. 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, hosted by The Body Coach, for a fun 30-minute PE session to help burn off some energy at the beginning of the day.
9.30am – Science
Introduce today's theme: Weather. Together, make a list of all of the types of weather you can think of. You can either write it down or draw pictures to represent them. For each one, think of how you recognise it. Consider all of your senses: Can you hear it? Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you taste it? Can you smell it? How does weather change as the seasons change?
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 – Maths
If the school have sent home any homework for the children, now's a great time to do that. Otherwise, look up maths activities online, including their school year to find something relevant for them. Don't feel that it has to be a work sheet! Schools sometimes use these because they have so many children to work with at once, but as you'll only be working with one or two children you have much more choice. Try out a practical activity, or make up your own problems once you know the sort of skills the children are learning.
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 – 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 creative story. Start with a nice description of the weather. Maybe it was a dark and stormy night, maybe it was a beautiful sunny day. How did the weather you chose affect the theme of your story?
2pm – Craft
Join in with the creative task from The Kids' Table. Today's activity is planned to celebrate World Meteorological Day.
3pm – 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, why not try some of these indoor Frozen themed activities.
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.
30 day Lego calendar – This printable calendar gives you a new Lego challenge every day.