Suggested Learning Activities for Health and Personal Development
extract from the Guide to the Home Education Portfolio Reports by Beverley Paine
We home educated in South Australia - adapt the following to your situation by finding similar community organisations and events in your area. Our DIY home educating approach meant that I regularly brainstormed ideas and activities to present to my children. This is one such list that I included in my abovementioned guide. It's easy to create activities that are in context with our lives and are personally meaningful to our children - doing so maintains motivation and interest both for us and our children as well as meaning that we're following our own educational agenda while covering what the state or national curriculum requires.
Health and Personal Development
Safety in the Home: Design a poster about safety suitable for non-readers.
Personal Care: practical sewing article using a simple commercial pattern.
Nutrition: plan a balanced menu in relation to the five food groups.
Safety in the Community: design a poster relating road safety rules and safe bicycle use.
Rules and Laws: Draw a flow chart indicating how people are governed in Australia, labelling and giving details of the roles and functions of each level of government.
Safety in the Home: Put together a First Aid Box after researching the subject.
Community Health and Safety: Discuss the impact of alcohol in the community, talking about the distribution, advertising, licensing, health, and economic effects.
Community Health and Safety: Participate in a local community group, which acts to contribute to the safety and protection of the community.
Community Health and Safety: Write a newsletter item about a health issue that interests you.
Personal Health: Participate in a regular sports activity (cricket, yoga, Surf Life Saving, etc).
Nutrition: Write about and illustrate a personal balanced diet and activity program for one day/week.
Community Health and Safety: Interview carers of the young or elderly about how the community meets the health, social and welfare needs.
Personal Development: Explore stereotyping - research advertising, then design a series of advertisements that exploit gender, age or culture.
Community Health and Safety: Participate in a KESAB project or similar community litter program.
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