I have so many fun things planned for the Creekside kiddos and, of course, I’ll be posting them on the blog, but here’s a sneak preview.
My kindergarten-aged daughter, The Queen Bee, adores her favorite story characters, so I’ve been busy creating lesson plans around some of her favorite books and some new ones that I think will appeal to her. Our experiences with Five In a Row trained me well on how to extract language arts, math, science, social studies and art lessons out of a good children’s book. Here are some of the books we will be, as The Queen Bee says, “learning about”, as in, “Can we learn about Pinkalicious, Mommy?”
Yes, we can, my dear, and many more too.
Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes.
Fancy Nancy, by Jane O’Connor.
And of course, Pinkalicious, by Victoria Kann.
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.
We’ll be doing some literature learning with some books that appeal to all three of my kiddos, such as:
The Mitten, by Jan Brett.
For science, we’ll begin studying Astronomy. I couldn’t find a curriculum that quite fit our interests and learning styles, so I’m putting one together and I can’t wait to share it with you all.
It will have lots of hands on and experiential activities, including experiments, field trips and games.
For history, we will pick back up where we left off with our Ancients studies.
Lots of fun projects are planned to keep the kiddos interested and engaged. We’ll be learning about the ancient Phoenecians, Greeks, Romans and more.
We’ll also be doing a unit study on Australia. This idea sparked by seeing how fascinated my kids were, especially my 5 year old, with all of the wonderful animals we learned about in Africa via our ancient history studies. I decided to use the plethora of unique and interesting Australian animals to launch us into learning about the continent of Australia. We’ll do some geography, read some wonderful books and and much, much more. I’m still gathering resources for this unit study so if you have a resource about Australia that you love, please share it with us.
We’ll also be re-constructing our Hot Chocolate Cafe from last winter, this time with math activities that mirror what we’ve been working on this year: recognizing coins and their values for my 5 year old, adding and subtracting money for my 7 year old.
I’m also trying to ready us for the long winter ahead. We all typically get stir crazy from being in the house too much. And we certainly had the mid-winter doldrums that many homeschooling families experience last year, our first year homeschooling: where everyone is grumpy and uncooperative and not really focused. Even the Mommy.
This year, I’m ready to (hopefully) recognize those mid-winter homeschooling blues before they hit full force and switch gears to include more field trips and more opportunities for indoor active play (think the indoor pool at Grandma’s retirement community, the gym and track at the community center, the play area at the Children’s Museum). We’ll do more art projects and crafts. And, I know I say this every year and then chicken out, but we’ll just go outside anyway, even if it’s cold, we’ll bundle up and go, even for half an hour. Hmmmm, maybe I should start with 15 minutes, though it seems not worth the effort of getting everyone bundled up to go outside.
I’ve started a Pinterest board to gather ideas for our Winter Bucket List and hope to turn this into something visual for the kids to hang on the wall or something, then we can pick weekly, or more frequently, as necessary, something to break up the monotony of winter.
All of this and more will be coming up on the blog. I’ll post the details of each of our projects and learning adventures with pictures and resources. Happy New Year to all of you and thank you for reading, for commenting and for helping this little blog to grow over the past year.
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