Welcome to my new 'Big Kid' link up. I am always on the look out for exciting new resources to supplement our home schooling syllabus but generally I find it much easier to find online information aimed at young children than at older children. It means that my four year old has a plethora of fun resources such as printables, online learning games, books, crafts and songs to go at, yet I often struggle to find anything quite as entertaining for my nine year old.
It sometimes feels as though older kids are forgotten about a because the are so many new mummy, baby and toddler blogs about. There is quite a fall-off as the kids get older and there are subsequently less 'older-children' homeschool blogs. I thought it was time to balance the blogs somewhat and provide a place for the mums of older kids to link up each fortnight.
All you need to do is link up a post which shares some of the adventures you have been having with your older child. It can be anything from an interesting day trip to their current favourite book or even a killer Minecraft construction. The key is to share resources which have really interested your older child - it could even just be a photo of a picture they are proud of. Through this shared knowledge I am hoping that the older kids amoung our ranks might not feel quite as sidelined and we will come up with some great ideas to truly inspire them.
Why every fortnight not every week like many other linkys? Generally books for older kids take longer to read, LEGO creations can take many man hours - larger project need a little more time.
Who can link up? Anyone who is or has a child over 7 years old. You don't have to be a blogger to join in though - just leave a comment at the end of this post.
What are the rules? Keep it clean and relevant - that's it!
So what is my nine year old obsessed and excited about at the moment?
Unsurprisingly (like many other 9 year old boys) he is currently very into 'Minecraft'. He has just bought a game companion book called called 'Minecraft - Red Stone Guide'by MOJANG. He thinks that it is incredibly useful and has been relentlessly constructing pistons to move other objects by using red stone dust. You can read all about his Minecrafting in his post which is linked up below.
He is also finding 'Heros of Olympus - The Lost a Hero' by Rick Riordan incredibly engaging and entertaining. He recently read the Percy Jackson series by the same author and absolutely adored it. Apparently, he says, this book is even better - has anyone read this series already? What fiction book do you recommend for him to delve into next?
From my perspective the most useful resource we are using at the moment is 'Fizz, Bubble & Flash,' by Anita Brandolini. This book is an excellent introspection to the elements of the periodic table and is filled with experiments, facts and challenges.
We have been looking at the periodic table quite a bit and learning what the molecular differences are between particular element atoms and isotopes of elements. He is absolutely fascinated by the Fox show (shown on Sky's National Geographic channel over here) Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, presented by eminent astro-physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Stories of Isaac Newton, Edward Halley, James Clark Maxwell, Galileo Galilei and Albert Einstein have prompted an excitement and interest in science. We are quite excited to find that study guides for each episode are available to take the subjects further. We've only just seen these so more on that later.
As a result of this learning Theo is at present obsessed with a fantastic iPad/iPhone free app called 'Nuclear'.
In this fun little game app you begin with an atom of Hydrogen, a single electron orbiting a single proton. From the bottom of the page you can add either a proton, neutron or electron to build a new element. You have to be quick though because if you add particles that create an unstable element it will decay or explode! Before long you have Helium, Lithium, Beryllium and as you discover the elements in this way the app fills them in on the periodic table. The graphics are pretty cool too with electrons whizzing really fast around the nucleus. Even as an adult it really clarifies how the element atoms work and is a brilliant refresher for those of us with only long-forgotten science lessons on which to rely.
What is your older child really excited by at the moment? Are they academic, creative, intuitive, analytical?
I am really looking forward to finding out and seeing how all these amazing little people construct their own learning.
Thanks for taking part - I will read and reply to each and every one of you.