I greet each week's homework task with mixed emotions
Will it be easily translatable for Natty?
Will I have to spend hours breaking down the task into steps she can cope with?
Is it something she has knowledge and understanding of or is it a vague concept we'll have to tackle for the first time?
Do I think it's valuable for her, even?
I must admit, some weeks I don't quite find enough time or energy to know where to begin to teach Natty about the 3 largest rivers in the world for example, or there are the times when the research and ordering or resources, such as a simple circuit making kit, takes so much time that we don't hand it in on time.
But don't get me wrong, I am delighted that she gets the same homework as the rest of her class. She's in mainstream education, and it's about re-working what her peers do, to make it work on Natty's level and in a kinesthetic way that she enjoys.
Anyhow, much to Daddy Downs Side Up's delight, this week's task was to create a model of a mode of transport!
Cue a rummage in the recycling bin and a bit of imagination. It's what we do best. Just add some time together and a few giggles and hey presto! homework complete.
Now, at this point I would like to say that Daddy DSU enjoyed the task a bit toooo much. He got a bit serious about how accurate the train (that's what Natty decided to make) was. There was shaping and crafting and sizing to scale. No detail went amiss.
He attached double-sided sticky tape to each component part, and Natty assembled the pieces how she wanted them, quickly and without the need for that 'wishy-washy-ineffective-doesn't-work-on-cardboard' glue. We then took the train into the garden and
I always recall Natty's reception teacher telling us of the importance of junk modelling, of encouraging imagination, of turning old rubbish into a thing of beauty, of your own doing, something you make choices about and take ownership of.
Here's a robot we made a couple of years ago.
It would seem that you are never too young (or too old) to get involved. So give it a whirl!
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