Oh my goodness, year 3 creation stories, where do I begin?
I love the idea that grade 3 need stability - they need us to be their anchor as their little worlds change so dramatically.
But there are so many differences in creation stories from country to country, religion to religion. So what do we do? We teach them all! Respectfully, of course.
In grade three we tend to be a little fearful of contradiction, after all, this is the year we start to get 'called out.' One thing I've learned in my curriculum writing and teaching journey is that the common thread of creation stories are not dependent on complete consistency. What I've learned is that the common threads in the stories come through:
-the stars, moon, sun, and Earth formed
-animals and humans were molded or came forth
The consistency really is there, and that's all the children need at this stage.
Another struggle here is if you are highly religious, or far from religious ... some of the stories might trigger your beliefs or disbelief. It's important to step back a moment and ask what creation stories teach us
-that we all have ideas about existence
-that we respect all cultures, and their beliefs
-that the stories are beautiful, as is life
So, if you're about to begin, here's some direction for story or poem choices:
2. The Rooster Emperors
3. Mother Earth
4. Father Sun
5. Pangu Creation Story
7, Tepeu the Maker
8. Norse Mythology
9. Cherokee Creation Myth
10. Rangi and Papa
Language is such an important part of education - being able to speak, listen, tell a story, retell, paraphrase etc. Story cards are a wonderful way to engage our younger learners, as they provide a visual stimulus in story telling. Ask children to pick a card and create a story. Even better, get out some 'characters' in the form of paper puppets or toys.
-and reuse :)
When I started my business in 2017, I had very little idea about homeschooling. I stepped out of teaching after 13 years (I went straight from highschool to uni, to teaching, so I’ve literally been at school since I was 5) and found myself in an amazing new world. One family of homeschoolers came to me for tuition, then the next minute, I was getting daily phone calls. When it comes to homeschooling, there are plenty of us on the Gold Coast, Australia.
I learned the rules and requirements over time, through online groups (thank you, Facebook) and through chatting with a multitude of families all over Australia who have elected to, or are thinking about, homeschooling. And, man, are there a plethora of people taking this option up! I’ve worked with the Government on how to ensure my tuition centre follows proper protocol, and I’ve learned we are building something special here - an alternative. I'm excited and honoured to be a part of it.
In my experience so far (which is only a little over a year), the first thing that can happen to a parent or carer when they think about the homechool option is a flood of fear. How can I do this? How hard will it be? Will I ever have time to myself again? What is HEQ and why do they need my documents? Am I good enough? Not to mention the family members that do the eye-roll thing before they've done any actual research on the matter (this is even harder when it's your spouse).
Breathe. This is normal.
So, what makes the Gold Coast so special? Power in numbers, people! There are THOUSANDS of homeschoolers across our sunshine state, and there are more every year.
This has led to co-ops, tuition centres specifically catering to homeschoolers (plug, plug), nature and outdoor programs, the arts, dance, gymnastics, martial arts, mobile music vans, ALL SORTS of wonderful things for homeschoolers whereby you can kick back for an hour or 3 and relax … or get some uninterrupted work done. If you are lucky enough, you can pay for teachers to come to your home as well. Or, if you have the gumption, start your own co-op.
Homeschooling does not have to be forever, either. Maybe your student has become disengaged, disenchanted, or feels heightened school anxiety. Maybe you have always wanted to homeschool, but didn’t know where to start. At the end of the day, every child is different. Whether they go to a state school, independent or catholic school, or whether they homeschool - what’s best for YOUR child is most important.
Lastly, don’t fear the National Curriculum. It’s actually quite helpful. It’s a ‘free resource’ for what students are doing at certain ‘ages.’ It even has assessment samples and videos.
In this information age, we have everything we need at the tips of our fingers
One of my favourite teaching tools is the multiplication grid!
You can start with a simple 5 x 5 grid in order, move onto a 10 x 10, then as children become more and more adept at their times tables, you can put the numbers out of order (this is when they are relying less and less on their number patterns and are getting much better at other strategies).
Here is a little look at a rainbow grid, not perfect, but carefully done! These can be done quickly in lead pencil during a middle session, as well. They can even be done on holidays, like Sudoku ... I'm sure there's nothing that will thrill your homeschoolers more ;) Enjoy
Update from Hayley: Finn is 5 years without seizures after giving up Pedigree Dentastix!
August 7, 2013 by HMCWriter (RE-BLOG)
Around six months ago we ended up at the vet with our Finnish Lapphund, Fin. It was terrifying. My relaxed, easy going (sometimes a little slow in comparison to our intelligent Keeshond, Pudding) was all of a sudden whacking out.
He was barking at the fence, something either dogs rarely do, and then came the frothing. Fin was rubbing himself against the panels as if trying to get something off him and the foam from his mouth had me scared he’d tried to engulf a toad. I’d seen it before in my mother’s Bull Terrier, Milly, who thankfully survived (rest her soul now, our beautiful family dog). I got hubby and he freaked out so much so, that all of a sudden I became the brains of the business, and he the brawn. We lifted him and took him to the vet emergency clinic.
After an examination and blood test, Finny boy came back fine. Right as rain, in fact. Ants? A spider? The vet wasn’t so sure, but we could go home. So, we let it go.
Two months later, it happened again. This time, he barked and went off his head so ferociously I thought he’d devoured the next door neighbour’s cat. I raced around the side (the same safe haven he retreated to last time) and there he was having a seizure on the grass. My poor beautiful, gentle-natured doggy. I knew then, he had epilepsy … or at least was prone to some type of seizure.
As any mamma would do, I did some research. Doctor Google, I believe the professionals call it.
I know a bit about epilepsy, as friend of mine has it, however I knew nothing of doggy seizures. Firstly, Fin comes from a prized breeder with no genetic epilepsy in the family. The only thing I came up with was that maybe he was allergic to something.
Vets will swear black and blue that diet in dogs has nothing to do with epilepsy and they simply need to be medicated. Being the hippy I am, I called bullshit. Every disease is aggravated by certain foods … EVERY disease. Call me out in the comments if I’m wrong. So I wondered what might have triggered the seizures in Fin.
There was only ONE thing we’d done differently in the past six months with his diet and that was DENTASTIX.
I was feeding them one a day for their teeth.
I stopped feeding it to them that day and Fin hasn’t had a seizure since.
Maybe he will down the track, maybe he won’t. What I want to know is, what do people think? Has anyone had any experience with foods and seizures? Lastly, could it be caused by an allergen to a specific ingredient?
Thanks for the visit!
Modern Waldorf by H M Clearihan
The Sunshine Bridge Curriculum follows an innovative approach known as Modern Waldorf which has been developed specifically for our syllabus.
Why was it developed?
Many educational philosophies can work effectively in the classroom or homeschool environment, and it’s up to parents and teachers to honour the pedagogies that work best for their children. Modern Waldorf is an approach that could potentially reengage some disgruntled or disheartened learners by offering a calm and rhythmic way of homeschooling or small group learning, with focuses on multiple intelligences and a connection to art and nature.
How was it Developed?
Modern Waldorf takes elements from Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy which places emphasis on the role of the imagination in learning, and attempts to foster and nourish the whole child (intellectually, practically, and emotionally). Within Modern Waldorf, there is also an emphasis on embedding new and relevant approaches into the learning experience. This is done in a way that fuses up-to-date, quality practises and ideas, with the tried and true practises of the past.
How can it be used?
Modern Waldorf is essentially being used already within classrooms and homeschool environments, because it’s a practise that makes sense.
Some parents and teachers instinctively bring beauty and creativity into mainstream lessons, they naturally give options and are open to negotiating - they focus on the whole child or young person.
The Sunshine Bridge Curriculum should be used by holistically inclined homeschool families, teachers and schools as a tool to assist in the development of stronger individualised programs for their students.
Enjoy, and learn on!
Hayley M Clearihan
(Bachelor of Education and BA in Psychology)
We are excited to announce that Sunshine Bridge Education is now a proud member of the Australian Tutoring Association.
We will be in their database shortly.
"Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. Children make creative choices in their learning, while the adults offers age-appropriate activities to guide the process." - The Montessori Network
I love this explanation. Self-Directed Activity can work so beautifully in English and Mathematics (and other areas) if parents and tutors provide good quality (not necessarily expensive) age (or level) appropriate resources. Children and young adults feel empowered in their education when provided with choice. They will choose what they would like to learn. The adult must step back, only stepping in to ask, "What are you learning today?" Young people will ask for help when needed on the task ... they will quickly find where they sit in relation to the zone of proximal development.
"Montessori is an approach to education based upon the principle that schooling should work with the nature of the child, instead of against it. Therefore, education should be based upon scientific study of the child and a resulting understanding of the processes of development and learning." - The Montessori Institute
In order to nail this element, learning about lifespan development is imperative - getting to know where children and young adults are at, and meeting them there, will make life easier for everyone! For example, a guided meditation to do with the heart would be wonderful for a 7-year-old, but you're better off teaching a 14-year-old the biological mechanics of how the heart works. This website provides a good start: Stages of Growth
Montessori Education can also be fed into the weekly timetable as part of the rhythm. A variety of parent/tutor driven activities alongside the student-driven approach can be magic. Do what works for you, but please, give it a try!
One on one tutoring is wonderful. The student has the attention of the tutor for the whole session. Much is learned! However, there's something even more wonderful about small group tutoring that might make it more beneficial for some.
Students can chat, connect, and make friends. This builds their confidence and makes the space a safe place to visit.
2. Group work!
Learning in groups is fantastic when it comes to brain-storming, games, and using the imagination, not to mention how it helps with speech, language and communication skills. Students can work as a team or work quietly side by side.
3. Positive Influence
Students influence each other in positive ways. It's almost a little bit magic.
Students motivate each other in ways that adults can not! We can use incentives for our young people, but there's nothing more motivating than a peer telling you, 'you can do it.'
I have had the pleasure of working with ASD students (people on the awesome spectrum, as one of the parents whose children I tutor recommend we call it - love it) for over 13 years.
In my capacity as an educator there are several things I have noticed that can help with making positive connections and building rapport. Here they are!
-Allow Time and Space
allow students to come to you and open up in their own time. Be yourself. Be consistent. You will grow on them.
hopefully as a educator or parent you're already funny. But if not, dad jokes go a long way. Making light of situations and life in general is good for us ALL.
-Allow comfort objects
please allow young people to bring their comfort object with them wherever they need to take them. Arrange spaces for them and make it special. Their items might be very dear to them, and they can help when a young person is feeling overwhelmed.
-Watch for overstimulation
don't use touch (even high fives) or overstimulate with noise. An assault on the senses isn't a good condition for anyone to be working in, anyway.
-Let it go
if a tutoring session or homeschool lesson rolls by without much of anything getting done, Let it go. Move on. Stay positive for the next session.
-Mind your jokes
while joking and light-heartedness are a must, be careful not to be sarcastic. Young people (all of them) tend to take things literally.
The Awesome Spectrum is a beautiful thing. It, along with many other things, brings diversity to the world - and there's nothing more wonderful than that.
Feel free to leave more tips in the comments!