Monday, February 2, 2015

101 Unit Study Ideas and How to Plan One

First, the basics on how to plan a unit study:

1.) Check what you already have.

2.) Choose a spine. An in depth resource book that goes over the basics you want to cover.

3.) Look for supplemental books, videos, activities.

4.) Make a timeline of what you want to do when. It doesn't have to be planned down to the exact date and page numbers, but something general like "Read _____ books during _____ week."

Unit studies can be short or long. They can be as short as one or two days and as long as three months or even a year.

As you plan your unit study:

1.) Start by asking the child what questions they want answers to within the topic at hand. Write them down and when you find the answers during your study, record them in a notebook.

2.) Decide how much time you want to dedicate to the unit study and choose resources accordingly. It can be easy to go overboard. Remember you can always come back to the topic in the future and add on to what has already been learned.

3.) Make a list of library books for your unit study topic.

4.) Make a list of videos with links.

5.) Make a list of books.

6.) Make a list of projects and supplies.

7.) Make a shopping list of resources you'll need to purchase before starting.

Ways to show your work in a unit study:

1.) Photo's and scan's of art and projects.

2.) Keep a journal of questions asked and answers found.

3.) Make a relevant map or graph.

4.) Do some creative writing. A poem, a story, to do with the topic.

5.) Create a blog portfolio and blog about the topic (include photo's, website links, book and video links, original writing, etc.)

6.) Go on a field trip and scrapbook it.

7.) Interview an expert in the field of chosen topic.

8.) Clip news reports in a scrapbook.

9.) Make a skit and record it.

10.) Create a diorama.

Ideas for unit studies:

1.) All About Me
2.) My Community
3.) Weather
4.) Seasons - Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
5.) Christmas Around the World
6.) A composer
7.) An artist
8.) Historical Heroes
9.) Dance
10.) Character Development
11.) Kids in the Kitchen - learning to cook, menu planning, grocery shopping, etc
12.) Specific Animals
13.) Deserts
14.) Oceans
15.) Freshwater Biomes
16.) Rainforest
17.) Temperate Forest
18.) Arctic / Tundra
19.) Botany
20.) Food Chains
21.) The Human Body / Anatomy
22.) Insects
23.) Mammals
24.) Microorganisms
25.) Technological Advances Over Time
26.) Ancient Civilizations
27.) Middle Ages
28.) Native Americans
29.) Prehistory
30.) Church History
31.) World Religions
32.) Nutrition
33.) Physical Fitness
34.) Sports
35.) Health & Safety
36.) Disaster Preparedness
37.) Study Geography and Culture of specific countries
38.) "Little House on the Prairie"
39.) U.S. Presidents
40.) Canadian Prime Ministers
41.) Government & Elections
42.) Economics
43.) Finances for Kids
44.) Personal Development (basically Character Development, but for teens)
45.) College & Careers
46.) Volcanoes
47.) Caves
48.) Birds & Eggs
49.) Castles
50.) Endangered Species
51.) Fairy Tales
52.) Families
53.) Farms
54.) Feelings
55.) Fire Safety
56.) Gardening
57.) Names of God
58.) Homes: around the world, long ago and today.
59.) Animal Homes
60.) Inventors
61.) The Mail / Post Office
62.) The Orchestra
63.) Olympics
64.) Photography
65.) Introduction to Art History
66.) Poetry
67.) Transportation
68.) World Poverty
69.) Anne of Green Gables
70.) Archaeology
71.) Aviation
72.) Black History Month
73.) Aesop's Fables
74.) Electricity
75.) The Five Senses
76.) History of the Monarchy
77.) Forces and Motion
78.) George Washington Carver
79.) Leonardo Da Vinci
80.) Galileo
81.) Marie Curie
82.) Pasteur
83.) Terry Fox
84.) The Holocaust
85.) Folk Tales from Around the World
86.) Life Cycles
87.) Light and Optics
88.) Mapping
89.) Properties of Matter
90.) The Periodic Table
91.) The Pilgrims
92.) Simple Machines
93.) The Stock Market
94.) The Tabernacle
95.) Vertebrates
96.) Water
97.) The Wetlands
98.) Famous Wars
99.) The Solar System
100.) Stars, Constellations.
101.) Literature Units based on a specific story book or novel.

Let's Read and Find out Science - Book List

We love the "Let's Read and Find out Science" series.

Here is a full listing of all the books for reference.

Air is All Around You (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
All Kinds of Feet (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Ron Goor
Animals in Winter: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science by Henrietta Bancroft
A Baby Starts to Grow (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Baby Whales Drink Milk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Barbara Juster Esbensen
The BASIC Book (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Seymour Simon
Bats in the Dark (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Kaufmann
Be a Friend to Trees (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
The Beginning of the Earth (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
The Big Dipper (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Big Tracks, Little Tracks (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Millicent E. Selsam
Birds Are Flying (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Kaufmann
Birds at Night (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
Birds Eat and Eat and Eat (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
The Blue Whale (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kazue Mizumura
A Book of Mars for You (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
The Bottom of the Sea (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Bugs Are Insects (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
Cactus in the Desert (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Phyllis S. Busch
Camels: Ships of the Desert (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Frederick Waters
Caves (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
A Cavity Is a Hole in Your Tooth (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Jodi Huelin
Chirping Crickets (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
Comets (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Corals (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Lili Ronai
Corn is Maize (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
Danger -- Icebergs! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
Day Light, Night Light (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
Dinosaur Babies (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Dinosaur Bones (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
Dinosaur Tracks (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Dinosaurs Are Different (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
Dinosaurs Big and Small (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Dolphin Talk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
Down Come the Leaves by Henrietta Bancroft
Down Comes the Rain (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
A Drop of Blood (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Ducks Don't Get Wet (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Ears Are for Hearing (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Earthquakes (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Eclipse: Darkness in Daytime (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Elephant Families (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Arthur Dorros
The Emperor Penguins (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kazue Mizumura
Energy from the Sun (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
Energy Makes Things Happen (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Evolution (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Joanna Cole
Falcons Nest on Skyscrapers (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
Fat and Skinny (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Philip Balestrino
Feel the Wind (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Arthur Dorros
Find Out by Touching (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Fireflies in the Night (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
Floating and Sinking (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Floating in Space (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Flying Giants of Long Ago (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Kaufmann
Follow the Water from Brook to Ocean (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Arthur Dorros
Follow Your Nose (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Forces Make Things Move (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Fossils Tell of Long Ago (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Deborah Heiligman
From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
From Tadpole to Frog (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
Germs Make Me Sick! by Melvin Berger
Get Ready for Robots! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
Giraffes at Home: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book by Ann Cooke
Glaciers (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendell V. Tangborn
Gravity is a Mystery (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Green Grass and White Milk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
Green Turtle Mysteries (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John F. Waters
Hear Your Heart (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Honey in a Hive (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
Hot as an Ice Cube (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Philip Balestrino
How a Seed Grows (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Helene J. Jordan
How Animal Babies Stay Safe (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Mary Ann Fraser
How Do Apples Grow? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Betsy Maestro
How Do Birds Find Their Way? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
How Many Teeth? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
How Mountains Are Made (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
How People Learned to Fly (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Fran Hodgkins
How to Be a Nature Detective (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Millicent Ellis Selsam
How to Talk to Your Computer (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Seymour Simon
How We Learned the Earth is Round (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
How You Talk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Hungry Sharks (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Frederick Waters
Hurricane Watch (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
I Can Tell by Touching (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Carolyn Otto
I'm Growing! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
The International Space Station (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Is There Life in Outer Space? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
It's Nesting Time (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
A Jellyfish is Not a Fish (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Frederick Waters
Journey into a Black Hole (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
Life in a Coral Reef (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
The Listening Walk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Little Dinosaurs and Early Birds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Kaufmann
Look at Your Eyes (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Look Out for Turtles! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
A Map is a Picture (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Barbara Rinkoff
Me and My Family Tree (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Milk: From Cow to Carton (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
Mission to Mars (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Mushrooms and Molds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Robert Froman
My Daddy Longlegs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
My Feet (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science)by Aliki
My Hands (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
My Pet Hamster (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
My Visit to the Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
A Nest Full of Eggs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
No Measles, No Mumps for Me (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
North, South, East, and West (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
An Octopus is Amazing (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
Oil Spill! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
On the Move (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Deborah Heiligman
Our Puppies Are Growing (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Carolyn Otto
Oxygen Keeps You Alive (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Penguin Chick (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Betty Tatham
The Planets in Our Solar System (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Plants in Winter (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Joanna Cole
Pop! A Book About Bubbles (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Rain and Hail (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Redwoods Are the Tallest Trees in the World (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by David A. Adler
Rock Collecting (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
Rockets and Satellites (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Roots Are Food Finders (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
A Safe Home for Manatees (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
Salt (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Seeds by Wind and Water (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Helene J. Jordan
Shooting Stars (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Shrimps (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
The Skeleton Inside You (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Philip Balestrino
The Sky Is Full of Stars (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Sleep is for Everyone (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Snakes Are Hunters (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
Snow is Falling (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Sounds All Around (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
Spider Silk (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Spinning Spiders (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
Sponges Are Skeletons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Spring Peepers (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
Starfish (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Edith Thacher Hurd
Straight Hair, Curly Hair (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Streamlined (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by John Kaufmann
The Sun: Our Nearest Star (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
The Sunlit Sea (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Switch On, Switch Off (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
Terrible Tyrannosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Tornado Alert (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
A Tree is a Plant (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Clyde Robert Bulla
Use Your Brain (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Water for Dinosaurs and You (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
Water Plants (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Laurence P. Pringle
Weight and Weightlessness (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
What Color is Camouflage? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Carolyn B. Otto
What Happened to the Dinosaurs? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
What Happens to a Hamburger? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
What I Like About Toads (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
What Is the World Made Of? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
What Lives in a Shell? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
What Makes a Magnet? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
What Makes a Shadow? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Clyde Robert Bulla
What Makes Day and Night? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
What the Moon Is Like (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
What Will the Weather Be? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Lynda Dewitt
What's Alive? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
What's It Like to Be a Fish? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
What's So Bad About Gasoline? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
When Birds Change Their Feathers (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Roma Gans
Where Are the Night Animals? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Mary Ann Fraser
Where Did Dinosaurs Come From? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Where Do Chicks Come From? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Amy E. Sklansky
Where Do Polar Bears Live? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Sarah L. Thomson
Where Does the Garbage Go? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Where Does Your Garden Grow? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Augusta Goldin
Who Eats What? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
Who Lives in an Alligator Hole? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
Why Are the Ice Caps Melting? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Anne Rockwell
Why Can't I Have Cake for Dinner? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Jodi Huelin
Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Betsy Maestro
Why Frogs Are Wet (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Judy Hawes
Why I Sneeze, Shiver, Hiccup, and Yawn (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
Wiggling Worms at Work (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Wendy Pfeffer
Wild and Woolly Mammoths (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Aliki
You Can't Make a Move Without Your Muscles (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
You're Aboard Spaceship Earth (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Patricia Lauber
Your Skin and Mine (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Paul Showers
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Ann Earle
Almost Gone: The World's Rarest Animals (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Steve Jenkins
Ant Cities: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book by Arthur Dorros
Archaeologists Dig for Clues (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kate Duke
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book by Franklyn M. Branley
The Moon Seems to Change (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Sunshine Makes the Seasons (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Franklyn M. Branley
Volcanoes: A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Book by Franklyn M. Branley

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Social Studies Timeline for Homeschool from Elementary through High School

After reading about the "Story of the World" curriculum and about the benefits of going through history chronologically from the beginning, I decided we would start prehistory and Ancient Civilization studies earlier then what is usually recommended in the learning outcomes. The Story of the World Curriculum is adaptable over approx. 3 grade levels, so both my kids will be doing it together. The second time we cycle through it I will have to use the adult history books by Susan Wise Bauer or find other material to fit the same time period, as my daughter will be going through it twice.

Homeschool in The Woods:

"Story of the World" includes Biblical history as well, wherever it fits in chronologically. Once we get into the Middle Ages and Modern Times I think it would be interesting to keep learning about Church History up until the current time, as we go through the timeline to the beginning of time until the present time.

Our schedule will look something like this:

2014 - 2015  Kindergarten and Grade 3
Ancient Civilizations 
(Story of the World Volume 1: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor)
Including Old Testament History.

2015 - 2016 Grade 1 and Grade 4
World Civilizations 500 - 1600
(Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance)
Including Early Church History and the development of other religions over the world at this time.

2016 - 2017 Grade 2 and Grade 5
Early Modern Times, Exploration, Aboriginal Cultures, Canada: Colony to Country
(Story of the World 3: Early Modern Times)

2017 - 2018 Grade 3 and Grade 6
Canada and The World
(Story of the World 4: From Victoria's Empire to the end of the USSR)
Potential Supplements for the Canada portion:
"Outlooks 5: Connections Canada" (Oxford Press)
'Outlooks 6: Global Citizens" (Oxford Press)

2018 - 2019 Grade 4 and Grade 7
Ancient Civilizations
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 1 a second time.
He will use "Outlooks 7: Ancient Worlds" (Oxford Press) and "The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome" by Susan Wise Bauer as his spines.

2019 - 2020 Grade 5 and Grade 8
World Civilizations
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 2 a second time.
He will use "History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade" and "The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the conquest of Constantinople" by Susan Wise Bauer as his spine.

2020 - 2021 Grade 6 and Grade 9
Europe and North America 1500 - 1815
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 3 a second time.
He will use "Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations" (Pearson) with supplements.

2021 - 2022 Grade 7 and Grade 10
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 4 a second time.
He will use "Challenge of the West: A Canadian Retrospective from 1815 - 1914" (Oxford University Press) with supplements.

2022 - 2023 Grade 8 and Grade 11
She will use "History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade" and "The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the conquest of Constantinople" by Susan Wise Bauer as his spine.
He will choose from electives.

2023 - 2024 Grade 9 and Grade 12
She will use  "Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations" (Pearson) with supplements.
He will choose from electives.

2024 - 2025 Grade 10
She will use "Challenge of the West: A Canadian Retrospective from 1815 - 1914" (Oxford University Press) with supplements.

2025 - 2026 Grade 11
She will choose from electives.

2026 - 2027 Grade 12
She will choose from electives.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grade 1 Curriculum Plan 2015 - 2016

All About Reading

Explode the Code

All About Spelling (start halfway through the level 1 of All About Reading)

Creative Writing
"Write About Me" by EPS

Singapore Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition
Manipulatives from Learning Resources

"Handwriting Without Tears" first, "A Reason to Handwriting" after if more practice needed.

Story of the World - most likely finishing up Vol. 1 "Ancient Times", and moving on to Vol. 2 "Middle Ages"

"Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" by Dr. Nebel
"Let's Read and Find Out Science" series
"One Small Square" series by Donald Silver
Various Unit Studies, like the Magic School Bus unit study from Eclectic Homeschooling.

Geography/Mapping Skills
Apple Press "My First Mapping Book"

Social Studies
Picture books about Canada (from "Come Sit By Me" book list)
Books about Community Helpers.
Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers about Community Helpers.
DK Eyewitness books about the middle ages, castles, etc.

Health & Nutrition
Books about stranger danger and personal safety.
Memorize phone number and address.
Discuss 911.
Introduce the Food Groups with books, videos and activities.
Dental care.
Read "The Story of Me"

Computer Skills
Nothing yet.

Fine Arts
"Drawing with Children"
Ballet lessons
Art projects from

Piano lessons - Little Mozarts Vol. 2

"The Llama Who Had No Pajama"
"Talking Like the Rain"
Poetry Tea Parties

Little Pim - Spanish? or Chinese.
Song School Latin - maybe.
"First 1000 Words In Spanish" Usborne Sticker Book
"First 1000 Words In German" Usborne Sticker Book

Bible Study
A Beka Flash-A-Cards
"Road Trip through the Bible" curriculum with notebooking pages

Bible Devotionals
"The Bible for Little Eyes" by Kenneth Taylor
"Read N Share" Bible DVD series

Read Alouds
Various choices from reading lists, award winners, etc.

Nature Study
Charlotte Mason style nature journals.

Logic & Critical Thinking
"Building Thinking Skills" from Critical Thinking co.


Potential Unit Studies
- Biomes (specifically ocean life)
- Dogs
- Horses
- Story of the Orchestra
- Fruits of the Spirit - character development, manners, etc.
- A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky - constellations, astronomy, etc.
- Food Chains

Grade 3 Curriculum Plan 2014 - 2015 and a Sample Schedule

Our plan for Grade 3:

Reading (Structured):
All About Reading

Explode the Code workbooks

All About Spelling

Creative Writing
"Just Write" by EPS

Singapore Math Primary U.S. Edition
Manipulatives from Learning Resources
"Life of Fred" Elementary Mathematics Series (Supplement to our core curriculum, it's just a fun change of pace. Some people use this as a stand alone curriculum. It's very quirky and hard to describe. It's very unique and unlike anything else out there, highly recommend.)


Handwriting Without Tears - Printing Power,

(Why 3 different ones? HWT is the easiest but not quite enough practice, I like the style of cursive in ARFH better and it's extra practice. The Scripture verses are a nice touch. Draw. Write. Now. is just a fun addition and doesn't even feel like work, it also doubles as credit for art.)

Draw. Write. Now.
A Reason for Handwriting - Transition

Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times
with supplemental books, videos & activities.

History Through the Ages: A Record of Time - Binder and figures

Drive Thru History DVD series


Originally I was planning on doing Apologia but after going through several of the books I decided to stick with something written by actual scientists.

Unit Studies, some I'll put together myself and some I'll use from Eclectic Homeschooling.

"Elementary Science Education: Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" by Nebel

"Developing Critical Thinking Through Science Book 1" from Critical Thinking Co. (these both my kids can do at the same time - mainly physics experiments)

"Let's Read and Find Out Science" series from Harper Collins

Geography/Mapping Skills

Canada Map Book 1 by Apple Press

The Complete Book of Maps and Geography

Social Studies

I bought "Canada, My Country" by Donna Ward but I don't like it. We'll read some of the books listed but that's about it. I found free printable's about each Province from Crayola Canada online and he is learning about the flags, Provincial birds, etc. that way.

Our Communities Outlooks 3 by Oxford Press
(If I can get a hold of a copy, if not then I'll just put together a unit study this year or use the "Let's Discover Canada" workbook from Apple Press. The Ontario textbook "Discovering Communities" is also available at our local library but I'd prefer the B.C. curriculum).

Computer Skills
Keyboarding Without Tears

DK Help Your Kids with Computer Coding

Fine Arts
"Drawing With Children" Monart Method drawing course

Piano Lessons - Little Mozarts 4 and Faber 1

Poetry (for "Poetry Tea's" and Unit Study)
"A Child's Introduction to Poetry"

"The Llama Who Had No Pajama"

"Talking Like the Rain"

Song School Latin

52 Weeks of Family German

Bible Study

Bible Road Trip Curriculum from Thinking Kids Press

"What's in the Bible?" with Buck Denver DVD series #1 - #7

A Beka Flash-A-Card series, chronologically as we study history.

Bible Devotionals
Kenneth Taylor books

Read Alouds
Various choices from, "The Well Trained Mind", Ambleside Online, Veritas Press, etc. Preference given to award winners, books that correspond with our history lessons, and biographies.

Nature Study 
Charlotte Mason style journaling/sketching.
Field trips to wildlife reserves, parks, etc.
"Handbook of Nature Study" by Comstock

Logic & Critical Thinking
Workbooks from Critical Thinking Co.


If time and money allow I'd love to get started with an Astronomy software like Starry Night.

Potential Unit Study Ideas:

-Story of the Orchestra
-A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: Constellations
-Human Anatomy
-Biomes (ocean life in particular)
-Family Tree
-Mennonite culture and history
-Emergency Preparedness (Earthquake drills, basic first aid, 72 hr packs, etc)
-"One Small Square" books by Donald Silver (ecosystems)
-Composer Studies ("Beethoven Lives Upstairs")
-Artist studies

Biography Ideas:
-George Lucas
-The Wright Brothers
-Bill Gates
-Louis Pasteur
-Marie Curie
-Missionary stories from Trailblazer Books
-Issac Newton

Sample Schedule for Grade 3 Student

This is a sample of my Grade 3 student's schedule. A typical school day is about 2-3 hours on extracurricular outing days (Mondays and Fridays) and about 4-5 hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (I don't include our read aloud, fitness or devotional time in this - that's extra time at the end of the day). We stick to tasks instead of a set time so each slot could be as short as 10 minutes or as long as 2 hours. It really depends on the day and where we are at with things in each subject. 

We do most of our read alouds before bed time every day so they are not listed on the schedule.  My kids don't like doing school work together in the same room at this point and they both still need enough assistance that it's easier to work with them separately. When my Grade 3 kid has his break time with a show, I have up to an hour to work with my Kindergartener. Then we do piano practice and reading later on in the day. There are some things they can do together at the same time, like art, Bible study, science experiments, devotionals and unit studies. My Grade 3 kid just likes being alone when working on his core work. Next year my Grade 3 kid will be able to do more independent work and then I will end up spending more one-on-one time assisting my daughter who will then be in Grade 1. Monday and Friday are our "extra-curricular outing" days currently, with gymnastics and piano lessons. I tried to keep those days a bit easier and put some of the most fun subjects after our outings since we are all pretty tired those days.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Homeschool Update

We are not quite halfway through our fourth year of homeschooling. Figured it was time to write an update of what we are up to!

There have been a lot of changes lately, which just does not surprise me anymore. I've never been able to stick to a very specific plan for very long because my kids are constantly changing and their interests are changing and I'm finding new things to incorporate into our plans. In this case some of the changes were even more major then that - but the nice thing about homeschooling is we can go with the flow! :) It's been very exciting for me to consider new things to bring into our learning adventures.

Firstly, I really want to get regular with blogging on the topic of homeschooling, planning and curriculum in the near future. I need to change this blog over to Wordpress and re-design the site first. Rest assured I have big plans for this blog.

Secondly, I've become enthralled with history. We've been focusing on history more then anything lately and it's been so much fun for all of us. We are going through it chronologically. We are finishing up with prehistoric times and starting Ancient Civilizations. So far we have read books about Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt and Ancient China but we will focus on Egypt specifically now for a while. There is a ton of stuff to cover for Egypt so I expect to be here for a while.

I started off the year with a very structured daily plan which was working well for us. We ended up getting things done faster then expected which was great cause I was sick for a few weeks in October and we didn't do much then. We also changed some of our curriculum since then for various reasons so I've been focusing on the basics while researching and planning what we're going to replace some of our curriculum with. It's been a major shift, but I'm close to having a set plan for the next few months. The core curriculum is staying the same. For math and language arts we've figured out stuff that works for us that we will be continuing with. The only thing I still have to choose is writing and grammar curriculum. We were just doing random things in those area's so far. I'm looking into Writing with Ease, Brave Writer and Just Write. I have all of them, just have to read them through now!

Looking ahead at the next few months our priorities are:

Grade 3

Math -  multiplication, division, fractions. Life of Fred books.

Language Arts - writing, grammar. "Real books" about grammar. Poetry. Lots of read alouds.

Socials - communities, mapping, Ancient Civilizations.

Music - Faber 1 in piano

Art - studying the "Monart Method" of drawing, ocean themed art projects (together with Cousteau biography)

Bible - integrated into history studies for the most part, "Fruit of the Spirit" unit study.

Science - complete a "Science Fair Ready" project and present it on a video.


Geography workbook

Biography chapter books


Art - study "Monart Method" of drawing

Lots of read alouds - art, science, Ancient Civilizations (she join us for any of the "Story of the World" parts she finds interesting. She doesn't have to join us, but inevitably she is sometimes drawn into the stories and will come and sit with us)

Finish Explode the Code "Get Set" books and start Book 1.

Find some different resources for math (maybe Critical Thinking Co.?)




Other things I'd like to work on before the end of the school year (time and energy permitting):

- Science journals (Charlotte Mason style)

- Larger writing projects.

- Logic workbooks.

- Extra word problems in math.

- Chemistry unit

- Foreign languages

Charlotte Mason talks about the importance of mother culture. I've only read a little bit about it so far but my interpretation of it for myself is that mothers need both time to themselves to regroup (and self care... I'll go as far as saying a bit of pampering is necessary!) and also to keep learning and keep their passions alive. For myself right now that means studying the same things my kids are learning, but at an adult level. It helps me stay interested and passionate about teaching them. My plans are to read:

"Mama School"

1.) History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer

2.) The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

3.) The Chemistry of Life by Steven Rose

4.) A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if you Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley

5.) Lehningers Principles of Biochemistry

6.) Various books about good writing and grammar.

7.) Various Theology books including "Telling God's Story" by Peter Enns
8.) Various books about the intersection of Science and Christianity.

9.) Various books about time management and efficiency (see how I tagged that one on? lol)