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One Activity, a Whole Lot of Outcomes
by Anabel Matchan, Jan, 2013
So can one activity cover more than one outcome, you bet.
Here is the calendar we made this week.
I picked these up at PETSTOCK pet supplies, (they have heaps if you want one and they are free). I made some icons using clip art about significant things that happen in our family throughout the year. Birthdays, wedding aniversaries, holidays we celebrate. I also made icons for celebrations and holidays from around the world that the children expressed an interest in last year and some new ones for this year.
My plan is to incorporate these holidays into our learning experiences as we navigate our way through the year. Our first major celebration is January 6th, El Dia De Los Reyes ( Spain). We usually celebrate this day with just the gift giving, but this year I want to explore the history and story of the day with the children.
And so it will happen for the rest of the year. It just so happens that my calendar activity also lines up with learning outcomes in the The Australian Curriculum. See below how I linked these up.
In History, a calendar covers:
Foundation : how they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them (ACHHK003)
Year 3 : Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Harmony week, National Reconciliation week, NAIDOC week and National Sorry day) and the importance of symbols and emblems.
Celebrations and commemorations in other places around the world, for example, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA, including those that are observed in Australia such as Chinese New Year, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hannukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan (ACHHK064) ( The Australian Curriculum).
In Mathematics, creating a calendar covers learning outcomes:
Foundation: connect days of the week to familiar events and actions in everyday family routines
Year 1: describes duration using months, weeks, days, hours.
Year 2: name and order months and seasons, use a calendar to identify the date and determine the number of days in each month, using a calendar to locate specific information such as finding a given date on a calendar and saying what day it is and identifying personally or culturally specific days.
In Health and Physical Education: a calendar covers
Year 0ne and Year two:
Year 3 and Year 4:
As you can see not every activity is applicable every year in each level. That doesnt mean its not applicable to your child at the time. Although a calendar doesnt need to bemade every year to satisfy some outcome, it is an activity that works for us in our house.
Home educating mum Anabel Matchan is a certified registered primary teacher, currently completing a Diploma in Montessori. She's passionate about Montessori education and loves working with children. Through Homeschool Connections she shares the years of classroom experience, activities, solutions, strategies, teacher talk and edubabble that rattles around in her head.
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