Supporting families and people working from home

There are many fun and creative ways to use Ketso with our families, in home-schooling and in our work from home. Look below for some great ‘Apps’ for Ketso that you can use now. We will be adding to this page regularly… Please get in touch to share your ideas, and we can feature them here for the benefit of others!

Many of you will now be working from home, and perhaps also looking after children and needing to educate them at the same time. The Ketso team have all adopted the mini Ketso kits to great effect to organise the days ahead and we want to share these benefits. Ketso is a ‘non digital’ planning tool, so it has an added advantage of reducing screen time and stress.

We will regularly update this site and add new exercises for you to try out and adapt at home You can also download all of the exercises for printing at home here.

 

Overview

Ketso is a hands-on kit for learning and talking together. If you are new to Ketso, you can download this simple guide or watch the very brief video (on the left) with Iris, the daughter of the founder of Ketso, explaining how it works.

In brief – there are different coloured leaves to write on. We ask a question and everyone writes their own thoughts and ideas on leaves. Then we share these ideas and put them on the Ketso for everyone to see. Then the next question, on the next colour. The leaves can be moved and arranged as our thinking progresses. Everyone is involved and heard – it’s fun! You can also follow the same process on your own, just without the talking part.

When you are done, the leaves can be rinsed clean in water or wiped clean with a damp rag ready for re-use.

Planning & organising learning

Your child can use a Ketso Planner to organise their assignments and activities for the day. We recommend you let your child be creative with how they want to develop their plan, but you might introduce the idea of using a simple colour code as a way of making sure that some of the things that they are supposed to do (e.g. schoolwork!) are included in their plans. The following is a possible way to use the leaves.

School work – to get started with younger children, you can write out ones you know will repeat, e.g. maths and reading, otherwise you can use this as a way to help them engage with the school work they are being set (brown)

Hobbies and practice – again you might write out ones you know  will repeat (e.g. violin practice and any sessions from hobbies that have been scheduled online) (grey)

Fun / creative activities

Being helpful

For more ideas on how to help your child plan their day or week, read this blog.

Your child can use a Ketso Planner to organise their assignments and activities for the day. We recommend you let your child be creative with how they want to develop their plan, but you might introduce the idea of using a simple colour code as a way of making sure that some of the things that they are supposed to do (e.g. schoolwork!) are included in their plans. The following is a possible way to use the leaves.

School work – to get started with younger children, you can write out ones you know will repeat, e.g. maths and reading, otherwise you can use this as a way to help them engage with the school work they are being set (brown)

Hobbies and practice – again you might write out ones you know  will repeat (e.g. violin practice and any sessions from hobbies that have been scheduled online) (grey)

Fun / creative activities

Being helpful

For more ideas on how to help your child plan their day or week, read this blog.

Supporting learning (general)

Write the topic in the centre of the felt. Before reading / watching a video etc, ask the learner/s to reflect on what they already know, and share it on the felt.

What do I already know?

After the activity – ask – What have you learned? Any new ideas?

An optional extra to go deeper:

What don’t you understand / what did you find difficult?

Work together to develop answers / ideas about how to solve the challenges.

You can also use the icons to highlight particularly interesting ideas.

If you are trying to work at the same time as home school, it is likely that you have had to leave the learner to their own devices for chunks of time. This exercise offers a good opportunity to go over the ideas learned (good for memory too) and a chance to check in about how your child is doing.

What have I learned

What has made me happy?  / What have I enjoyed?

What didn’t go so well?

How can we improve any problems?

This exercise can be done at the end of the day or end of the week. You can keep it short by using just use 2 – 3 leaves per idea. It is helpful if you can join in – adding your own leaves, so it becomes more of a discussion between you. You can build this up over a few days so the learner/s can see progression and patterns emerging. You can rearrange the leaves to form clusters and label them with the white comments cards.

You can  use the icons to highlight particularly important points.

Comprehension: stories & fiction

After reading a story, recap and explore the key ideas. You can do this in several different ways (adjust the language and difficulty by age group!):

Exploring the story

What happens? / Actions

Places and what are they like? / Descriptions of them

Feelings and emotions (yellow for positive / good feelings,

grey for negative / bad feelings)

Write ideas on leaves using the colour codes – cluster the ideas on the felt and see what themes emerge. Themes can be labelled using the white comments cards.

OR you can pre-prepare the branches / themes by writing on the white comments cards and putting them on the felt, with two options, either writing out the chapters, or a simpler version:

  • Beginning
  • Middle
  • End
  • Whole story / cross-cutting

You can also use the icons to highlight particularly interesting ideas.

Think about different characters and their feelings.

Use different coloured leaves for each character, noting what they did and how they felt. If there is more than one learner, each participant can have one leaf colour and write down the ideas for one character.

Share the ideas onto the felt – are there any similar actions and feelings? Create clusters with those leaves.

Can you write a different story line? What if one of the characters did something different? How would it change the feelings (and maybe even actions) of the other characters?

 

We would love to hear from you about how you are using Ketso. Do get in touch – we’d love to share more ideas to help people improve their learning experience at home.