Here are some suggestions for 2nd class that cover all subject areas;
-Daily diary – including something they made (with Lego, play doh), daily exercise they did, a game they played, what they read, something they did to help in the house & something they practised (tables, art, handwriting, music)
-Instructional writing – how I made the dinner/paper plane, etc focusing on language eg;
Additional writing suggestions!
A story, diary, comics, about subjects of their choice, whatever they want. Check the common words are correct but don’t worry about spelling too much. (Aim to keep your feedback positive and encouraging) Kids of different ages can easily do this at the same time. Younger kids can draw and annotate, it’s still writing skills. In these unprecedented times it could be interesting to look back at diaries of this period. Diaries could be written, comics, poems, whatever works.
Personal topic/Project work- let your kids think of something that really interests them and allow them time to investigate it. They learn so much from this! Maybe you want to do this as a family so you can support each other or do it individually to allow each child freedom and choice. They can research in books, online or even watch documentaries about their subjects.
Reading for at least 20 minutes per day
Reading – ensure it’s something your child enjoys and talk about it. Discuss characters, setting and vocabulary. Older children that can technically read well can read solo but require chatting time. Children can even discuss their books together, it doesn’t need to be 1on1. Older children can read to or with younger children.
-counting – forwards, backwards and skip counting (2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, etc)
-practice tables both addition & subtraction
-Mental maths book in easons as it covers every topic, 10 questions per day
Home baking (integrates with maths);
This covers a number of topics including capacity, weight – use of language here is very important – discuss grams, kilograms, millilitres and litres, also fractions (halves & quarters)
Length is also a good topic that could be covered at home as it has lots of hands on related activities, estimating how many spoons to measure the kitchen table & then measure, then change the unit of measure to Lego, estimate and then measure, will it take more or less.
Then introduce standard units of measure, language to include centimetres, metre, half a metre, less than, more than
Similarly time – how long left, how long until (o’clock, half, quarter past/to)
Art – make and do, develop cutting skills
Gonoodle- excellent for indoor exercise
Incorporate jigsaws & boardgames to daily routine
Also twinkl have offered free membership for a month, an excellent website that covers every subject area, the password is IRLTWINKLHELPS
***Folens online have loads of online resources; this will link up to all our class text books
Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
Fill in a username, email and password
For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
You can click on 2nd class books and they’ve loads of online games and activities. The children will be able to navigate this website well as they see it done in school everyday!
I would suggest getting outdoors, a lot, kids learn so much this way.
Walk, cycle, explore, create art, build dens, play, have fun. It’s great for physical health but mental health too.
Stay safe and hopefully see you all soon,