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On 3/23/2020 at 6:47 PM, Grecian said:

It's 25 to the hour and such that she doesn't get. It just hasn't clicked with her how it works and she has a tendency to decide she can't do something so stops trying. 

Also point out that if she masters 5 past to 25 past then the other side of the clock just mirrors that but becomes to instead of past. 

If you have space make a huge clock face, have your daughter stand at 12 and explain she is the hour hand. Then you move around the clock explaining you are 5 mins past her, then ten etc. When you get to half past tell her you are now moving towards a new hour have her move half way to 1 and then do the same again toward her "I am now 25 minutes to you etc. 

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@Grecian how'd you get on with the time?

Also for anyone interested here's the list of online classes and activities I've put onto Google classroom as suggestions for my class tomorrow:

9am Joe Wicks @thebodycoach live workout on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
9:15am Newsround news bulletin
9:30am Wildlife expert Steve Backshall will be running a live wildlife Q and A on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial/
10am Glasgow Science Centre will be doing a live Science lesson on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Glasgowsciencecentre/
10:30am Count On Us Education will be running a parent and child Maths workshop on their Facebook page. The focus is on multiplying and dividing strategies for P4-7 https://www.facebook.com/CountOnUsEd/
11am David Walliams will be releasing another short story audio book. Previous days stories can also be listened to at the following link: https://m.soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/the-worlds-worst-children-2-3/s-zHZPQlifKuV
11am CBBC presenter Maddie Moate will be livestreaming gardening tips for growing potatoes and tomatoes as part of 'Garden Week'
https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate
11:30am Strictly Come Dancing dancer Oti Mabuse will be live streaming a children's dance lesson on YouTube and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/
https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape
4pm RJ Palacio will be reading 'Wonder' live on Twitter @rjpalacio

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I'm knackered and it's been two days. Give each teacher a massive pay rise now!

It has gone really well to be fair. Every morning has started with Joe Wicks' PE (I popped today when I thought he was going to backflip off the wall), and then we've gone into core learning with phonics, spelling, literacy and maths for an hour, so almost as if that can be 'ticked off', if that makes sense? The school have been good with adding loads to Purple Mash, but the actual folder of work equates to I reckon about a weeks worth of week.

As these subjects should be touched on each day, we've covered off quite a lot already within the folder, and 7yo is working with money (making up amounts with different coins), so a lot of exercises have been based around that.

As 7yo has been learning about space and Tim Peake, we have been writing space diaries about our journeys into space, and I have to say this has gone down really well. We then used this diary to create an animation of it on Purple Mash with her sister, along with a few quizzes on there.

10yo has been working on multiple literacy projects including a couple of books she's writing; a play that we're planning; and yesterday and today was working on 'determiners', something I had forgotten.

Today, me and 7yo sat and did the very first episode of Coffee Break French (I looked at duolingo French on Podbean, but I couldn't find an episode that was basic enough; if anyone has any tips for a French podcast for kids then please tell me as the one I'm using I feel will ramp up the level quite quickly) whilst 10yo did one on Spanish.

Then they finished off the day by creating a restaurant and menu, and pitching it to me Dragons Den Style (complete flop business; they're selling burgers for a £1 ffs), and we all watched another episode of Around The World in 80 Days, complete with a couple of questions to see if they were paying attention.

But yeah, i'm knackered! I think it's mental fatigue than anything else. And obviously I'm used to having my kids, and I know a lot of people have harder situations than I do, so I don't want it to seem as if I'm moaning.

But it's been hard balancing out their work as they're at different ages (ie, today 10yo wouldn't do the French with us as it was really basic and fair enough), and i've been surprised at the speed at which they work!

I suppose as a teacher you're aware of ability more (and I do know my childrens ability too), but for example yesterday I was giving 7yo some of her Maths sheets (missing numbers) and thinking "Those should easily take half an hour" and she was coming up to me after 5 minutes asking what she should do next. And I think that's been the only issue. I can't imagine 30 of them constantly asking "What should I do next?" and being happy whilst you spend 5/10 minutes thinking about it.

But all in all, it's been great. I haven't really worried too much about timings (apart from lunch) as I don't want to make it too rigid and boring for them, but I've really enjoyed it so far, and it has been eye opening.

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I've also been collating other things to keep kids busy during this time and have uploaded some items here:

https://gofile.io/?c=QDwbjv

There's a daily Lego challenge calender, ideas for non-screen activities, creative/art activities and others too. 

Most of the things I've gathered are from Scottish teacher Facebook and Twitter so if something says First Level on it that's Key Stage 1 in England and Second Level is Key Stage 2.

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22 minutes ago, SuperBacon said:

I suppose as a teacher you're aware of ability more (and I do know my childrens ability too), but for example yesterday I was giving 7yo some of her Maths sheets (missing numbers) and thinking "Those should easily take half an hour" and she was coming up to me after 5 minutes asking what she should do next. And I think that's been the only issue. I can't imagine 30 of them constantly asking "What should I do next?" and being happy whilst you spend 5/10 minutes thinking about it.

Top work Bacon.  By next week you'll be doing differentiation and extension activities like an old pro.  At least at home you can whip out the biscuits for a job well done :)

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Now I know why all my teachers were in the pub every Friday night with us when we were about 15/16. And why they all reeked of fags and coffee.

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@Divorced Dad we might have cracked it! I drew a massive chalk clock (definitely a clock) in the garden and tried @Joe Blog idea and made her walk round it, reciting the times. I've also been randomly getting her to tell me the time throughout the day, she's getting much quicker. 

Add us to the Joe Wickes crew, been giving them daily spelling tests on various subjects, maths, going through their workbooks from school and occasional Minecraft breaks. Also got my 9 year old on Kingdom Hearts 3, so I'm counting lockdown as a raging success so far. 

Knackered, though, I'm having to work from 6:30 to 1pm every day, then homeschooling. 

This thread has been awesome, though, it really has. 

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For anyone interested here's the list of events for tomorrow that I've put on my Google Classroom:

9am Joe Wicks @thebodycoach live workout on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
9:15am Newsround news bulletin
10am Glasgow Science Centre will be doing a live Science lesson called 'Design a planet' on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Glasgowsciencecentre/
10am Dr Chips will be streaming a live STEM challenge involving building a tower https://youtu.be/_Oyjhb1Bdgc
10:30am LitFilmFest will be streaming a live diary writing challenge on YouTube  YouTube.com/litfilmfest
11am David Walliams will be releasing another short story audio book. Previous days stories can also be listened to at the following link: https://m.soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/the-worlds-worst-children-2-3/s-zHZPQlifKuV
11am Steve Anthony will be running a draw a story masterclass on Twitter @MrSteveAnthony
11am Hobbycraft will be live streaming an arts and craft lesson on their Facebook page
11am CBBC presenter Maddie Moate will be live streaming a Science lesson titled 'How to make a brilliant poo'
https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate
11:30am Strictly Come Dancing dancer Oti Mabuse will be live streaming a children's dance lesson on YouTube and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/
https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape
3:15pm Magician Ben Hanlin will be running a live magic lesson on his Facebook page @benhanlin
5pm RJ Palacio will be reading 'Wonder' live on Twitter @rjpalacio

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