Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ideas Wanted!

I'm in the planning stages for Wendy's Kindergarten year. Homeschooling gives us a lot of flexibility in what we study, which is one of the things I love. I know what we'll be using for reading, handwriting, math, and Bible time. With those basics covered, I'm left with the other things I'd like to teach her - about seasons, and holidays, and basic science, and all kinds of things!

I've decided that the best way to teach her those other things is to do unit studies. We can use library books and internet resources to learn all kinds of things, and we can do art projects, science experiments and writing assignments based on what we learn. Simple, right? Well, yes and no. It will require quite a bit of forethought on my part to make this work.

Here's where you come in: I need ideas. Below is a list I have compiled of possible unit study topics. I'd like to have 30 or so ideas to work with; in Tennessee we're required to have 180 days of 4-hours-a-day schooling, so I need lots of ideas!

Unit Study Ideas:
Dr. Seuss's Birthday (March 2nd)
How seeds grow
Easter
Halloween
Valentine's Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas
4th of July
Seasons
Weather
Space
Maps & Globes
Farms
Oceans
Jungles
Forests
Plains
Transportation
Money
Human Body

So? What would you add?

5 comments:

Larry said...

Nutrition....it is a science study that is fun and delicious!...You can teach her to cook or prepare simple things but also teach about the science of it...including herbs, eggs, chickens, beef/cows/milk, fish, and all the colors of the rainbow in veggies...

carrie said...

5 senses, solids/liquids/gases, cultures, occupations, Mother Goose Rhymes.. just a few off the top of my head.

Nichole said...

Have you searched the unit studies at CurrClick.com? They have a lot of great stuff. A few that look like your sort of thing...
-"Little House" literature study
-A Royal Fairy Tale Ruckus

amber @ classichousewife said...

Nutrition/Health
Neighborhood/Community Helpers (policemen, firemen, etc. Also fire safety, stranger danger, etc.)
Time - she can learn to tell time to the hour, but also, 60 minutes in a day, 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, 12 months in a year, the order of the months & days, etc.

Becky said...

have you checked out the FIAR (five in a row) books? they are wonderful!
I don't know about tennessee, but when i homeschooled in missouri there are no rules for hours/days schooled and you don't have to document anything until the child is 7.